December 18, 2014

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4 Ashland University students seriously injured in two-vehicle crash

Emergency crews respond to a crash at state Route 18 and Quarry Road on Friday. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSEPH ZADEH

Emergency crews respond to a crash at state Route 18 and Quarry Road on Friday. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSEPH ZADEH

WELLINGTON TWP. – Four Ashland University students were seriously injured in a crash at the intersection of state Route 18 and Quarry Road on Friday night.

At about 8:03 p.m., Mark Zacharias, 56, of Wellington, was driving a 2004 F250 pickup truck westbound on Route 18 when he struck a 2001 Subaru four-door that was headed northbound on Quarry Road, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Four Ashland University students were flown by medical helicopter from the scene after their Subaru collided with a pickup truck.

Four Ashland University students were flown by medical helicopter from the scene after their Subaru collided with a pickup truck.

The Subaru was driven by Madeline Humphrey, 20, of Elkins, W.Va. Paige Gorsuch, 21, was riding in the front passenger seat, and Rose Sepsey and Andrew Keim were in the back seat. All four are students at Ashland University, according to the release. More information on the students’ ages and hometowns was not yet available.

The four students were flown by St. John’s Life Flight, Cleveland Metro Life Flight and University Life Flight to ClevelandMetroHospital in critical condition.

As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Humphrey, Gorsuch and Sepsey were in serious condition, and Keim was in critical condition, according to a nursing supervisor.

Zacharias and his passenger, Elizabeth Zacharias, 55, were transported to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin, and later flown to Cleveland MetroHospital. Mark was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon, and Elizabeth was in good condition, according to the supervisor.

Investigation into the crash is continuing. Whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts and whether alcohol use was a factor is unknown at this time.