CORRECTION: This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The front-seat passenger was an 11-year-old boy.
AMHERST TWP. — A multiple-vehicle crash on state Route 2 killed a girl Wednesday afternoon.
According to a news release from the Ohio Highway Patrol, Mackenzie Lansberry, 12, of Sheffield, was injured in the crash and later died of her injuries.
According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, she died in the emergency room of MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The report said a 2002 International box truck driven by Robert Eckenrode, 48, of Canton, was traveling eastbound in the right lane when it hit a Jeep Liberty driven by Melissa Turner, 41, of Lorain. The crash pushed the Jeep into a Subaru Forester ahead of it, which then was pushed into a Chevrolet Silverado in the left lane.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee in the left lane was struck by flying debris.
“(The) traffic started to slow down, because I think there was an accident in front of me, so I started to slow down, too,” said Mary Qiu, 31, of Cleveland, who was driving the Forester. “So then I looked in my rearview mirror and there was some cars coming toward me really fast and I kind of screamed as I realized they were about to hit me.”
The eastbound lanes were closed for two hours while the crash scene was investigated.
Turner was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center via ambulance, as was an 11-year-old boy who was in the front seat. The two passengers in the back seat of the Jeep Liberty — Mackenzie and a 2-year-old boy — were flown to MetroHealth. Mackenzie had to be extricated from the vehicle.
Eckenrode, the driver of the truck, was uninjured, as were the occupants of the Forester and the Grand Cherokee. The driver of the Silverado received minor injuries, the Highway Patrol said.
Drug use is suspected and the crash remains under investigation.