CUYAHOGA FALLS: Five people were injured — including two small children — in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning involving a tractor-trailer.
Police closed a portion of State Road for about six hours at Falls Commerce Parkway while investigators from the Summit Metro Crash Response Team sorted out what happened.
Cuyahoga Falls fire Capt. George Sewald said three people, including two preschool-age children, were injured in a Ford Explorer whose entire passenger side was ripped off in the collision. The children were taken to Akron Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. The driver was taken to an undisclosed hospital.
Police Chief Tom Pozza said the names of those injured would not be released until after the crash investigation is completed — a task that could take more than a week.
Pozza said the chain-reaction crash began around 9:30 a.m. with a rear-end accident in the 4000 block of State Road.
“One car stopped to turn, and was rear-ended,” Pozza said. “The second vehicle spun into the northbound lane and was hit by the semi.”
The force of the crash caused the truck to drive off the road and break through a wall of the Alro Steel building, he said.
Alro Steel General Manager Todd Rumler said no one in the steel warehouse was injured.
“The truck didn’t come into the manufacturing portion,” Rumler said.
There were only a few employees in the area where the truck hit the factory.
The truck hit a drive-through area where trucks and heavy equipment pick up steel from the complex, Rumler said.
The building was closed after the crash and will remain closed pending an inspection of the structure.
“It seems cosmetic right now,” Rumler said.
The truck’s driver was also injured and was transported to an undisclosed hospital.
A second SUV sustained heavy rear-end damage, and its driver also was taken to the hospital.
Crews from Akron, Stow and the Valley Fire District assisted Cuyahoga Falls firefighters in treating the injured and containing diesel fuel that leaked from the truck.