STARK COUNTY, Ohio — A teacher at Alliance High School was among the two people killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday morning, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Alliance City Schools.
Around 5:52 a.m, a 2012 Ford Focus was traveling west on state Route 173 between state Route 44 and Paris Avenue when it entered into the east lane to pass a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica that was also traveling west, troopers said.
The Ford attempted to pass the Chrysler on a hillcrest over a double yellow line when it struck a 2015 Hyundai Elantra, that was traveling east, head-on. The Ford then struck the Chrysler, forcing it off the road, according to troopers.
Moments after the crash, a fourth vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler PT-Cruiser traveling west on SR 173, struck the Ford, which was stopped in the westbound lane, troopers said.
The driver of the Ford, later identified as 30-year-old Clinton McGuire, of Alliance, was killed in the crash and taken to the Stark County Coroner’s Office, according to troopers.
Madeline Wright, 27, of Hartville, was the driver of the Hyundai. She was transported to Mercy Hospital and then flown to Akron City Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She died from her injuries, troopers said.
Wright was a math teacher at Alliance High School.
Alliance City Schools shared a post on Facebook regarding the incident.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of one of our beloved AHS teachers. Madeline Wright was a kind and caring member of the Aviator team. She will be missed dearly by her co-workers and students,” the school district wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wright family at this difficult time.”
The drivers of the Pacifica and PT-Cruiser were not seriously injured in the crash, according to troopers.
The crash remains under investigation.