Findlay Thanksgiving crash injures 5

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From our media partner the Findlay Courier

FINDLAY - Five people were injured Thursday night in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ohio 15/U.S. 68 and Western Avenue, a notoriously dangerous crossing on Findlay's south side.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office said the injured included Bert Rayl, 75, of Findlay, the driver of one vehicle, and two passengers, Marlene Rayl, 73, and Brent Rayl, 45, also of Findlay.

All three were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco ambulance. No information about their conditions was available early today.

The driver of a second vehicle, Terry Cover, 25, and his passenger, Sarah Cover, 22, both of Waterford, Mich., were also transported by Hanco to Blanchard Valley, where they were treated for minor injuries, the sheriff's office said.

The driver of the third vehicle, Jesse Crom, 30, of Perrysburg, was not hurt.

The sheriff's office said Cover was driving a 1996 Plymouth Neon northbound on U.S. 68/Ohio 15. Rayl, driving a 2007 Toyota Prius, was trying to cross U.S. 68 from Township 81, also known as Western Avenue. The sheriff's office said Rayl failed to yield and pulled into the path of Cover's car, which struck the passenger side of Rayl's vehicle at about 8:27 p.m.

Both cars went off the road. Rayl's car then hit a 1993 Honda Civic, driven by Crom, which was stopped on Western Avenue at U.S. 68. Rayl's car also struck a utility pole.

Rayl's two passengers, Marlene and Brent, had to be extricated from the Toyota after the crash.