Charges have not been filed in deadly I-280 crash

Police identify victims in deadly I-280 crash

WOOD COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - As of Monday evening, no charges have yet been filed in the deadly multi-vehicle crash on I-280 from Friday afternoon.

Two people died, a mother and daughter after a semi hit their vehicle which caused a chain reaction.

The Wood County prosecutor said they have not received a completed report to make a determination on charges.

That should be done later this week

Two people are dead after an accident involving two semi-trailer rigs and six passenger vehicles. The wreck closed I-280 southbound at Lemoyne Road.

The driver of a Jeep Wrangler, Lisa Balsizer, 54, and her right rear passenger, Callie Balsizer, 21, of Gibsonburg, Ohio suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The front right passenger, Carl Balsizer, 65, of Gibsonburg suffered major injuries.

The Wrangler was rear-ended by one of the big rigs which was driven by Lawrence Nastal III, 28, of Southgate, Michigan.

The rig ended up on its side.

Another four were hospitalized.

The commercial tractor-trailer first struck a 2008 Buick Lucerne, operated by Anthony Reino, 47, of Gibsonburg, Ohio.

The impact pushed the 2008 Buick off the right side of the roadway.

After striking the Buick, the commercial tractor-trailer continued on and struck the Jeep Wrangler, operated by Balsizer, and a 2017 Buick Enclave, operated by Joseph Demarco, 66, of Vermilion, Ohio.

After the rig struck those vehicles, it ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

The  Jeep also went off the right side of the road and caught fire.

The impact with the rig caused the 2017 Buick to strike a 2014 Ford Focus, operated by Brad Lily, 34, of Caledonia, Michigan and a 2012 Peterbilt commercial tractor-tanker, operated by Christopher White, 42, of Kentwood, Louisiana.

A 2017 Volvo, operated by Kimberly Turner, 54, of Berkley, Michigan and a 2012 Nissan, operated by Diane Robinson, 57, of Broadview Heights, Ohio sustained minor damage from debris.

Lawrence Nastal III, Anthony Reino, and Joseph Demarco all suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to local hospitals.

It's a horrible crash the Ohio State Highway Patrol said could have been avoided.

"Speaking to some of the witnesses on the scene traffic began slowing down. Commercial vehicle failed to make an assured clear distance and caused a chain reaction crash," according to Lt. Angel Burgos of the Patrol.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area, between State Route 51 and Walbridge Road. Oregon Police also closed I-280 south closed at Navarre/ State Route 2 for hours.

Debris was scattered everywhere.

"We just saw a big cloud of smoke and decided to come up off the highway so we wouldn't be involved in all the traffic," said I-280 driver Celena Brankkley.

The Patrol doesn't know why traffic had slowed down. The only sound witnesses recall hearing was that of squealing tires.

"The lesson to be learned is to make sure everybody pays attention along the road. Make sure you're a defensive driver," added Lt. Burgos.

The Patrol said the accident remains under investigation.

Reports will be sent to the Wood County Prosecutors Office to determine if any criminal charges should be filed.

WTOL's Amy Steigerwald updates on Facebook live from near the scene:

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