Two people are dead after a fiery crash in Portage County on Christmas Day, authorities said.
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At around 2:34 a.m., a Chevrolet van was traveling east on state Route 5 – east of state Route 225 in Paris Township – when it went left of center and struck a Chevrolet Impala driven by Sonya Diaz, 39, of Newton Falls.
The van struck the Impala head-on and caught fire, while the Impala went off the side of the road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Ravenna Post.
The drivers of both vehicles died due to injuries sustained in the crash.
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The name and age of the driver of the van are not being released until the victim is identified by the Portage County Coroner and the family is notified.
The Paris Township Fire Department assisted and extinguished the fire. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Portage County Sheriff’s Department also responded.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, authorities said.
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