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UPDATE: Names released in Vinton County fatal crash

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Published: May. 18, 2016 at 3:08 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5/19/16

VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of four people who died in a crash Wednesday afternoon when a car hit a trash truck.

All four people inside the 1997 Toyota Corrola were killed. They were driver Lisa Foerster, 55, an Assistant Professor at Ohio University's School of Music, of Athens; Thomas Hamel, 18, a senior at Athens High School, his sister, Emma Hamel, 19, originally of Athens, but most recently a resident advisor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and Lorraine Alsterberg, 57 of Tigard, Oregon.

Witnesses told investigators the car failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection and drove into the path of the truck.

The driver of the truck was not injured.


UPDATE 5/18/16 @ 10 p.m.

VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A 1997 Toyota Corolla was crushed Wednesday afternoon when it was hit by a garbage truck.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say the car was traveling west on state Route 56 in Swan Township, north of McArthur, and the Rumpke trash truck was heading south on state Route 93.

Witnesses told investigators the car failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection and drove into the path of the truck.

"All we know for sure is the car pulled from the stop sign into the path of the trash truck," Sgt. Michael McManis said. "Whether it stopped or not is still under investigation."

Four people inside the car were all killed instantly.

The truck driver was not injured.

"As far as we understand, our driver is shaken, but he is OK," Rumpke spokesperson Jonathan Kissell told WSAZ at the scene. "We haven't had a chance to talk with him yet. What it goes back to is we'll work with Ohio Highway Patrol to conduct an investigation, gather as much information as we possibly can, and try to piece together what occurred."

Investigators say the truck struck the car on the right side, and the car rolled, traveled off the road and hit a guard rail on the southwest side of the intersection. The truck was driven to a controlled stop after the collision.

Roy Storms, who leaves near the scene of the wreck, says accidents at that intersection are a recurring problem.

"There have been a lot of wrecks here for a lot of years now," Storms said. "There are a lot of stop signs and flashing lights and everything, but nobody stops at it for some reason. I don't know why."

The names and ages of the victims have not been released.

Investigators say they were all wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.


UPDATE 5/18/16 @ 5:20 p.m.

VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Four people have been killed in an accident in Vinton County, Ohio, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Investigators say the four people traveling in a car were killed after colliding with a Rumpke trash truck. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The accident happened at the intersection of State Route 93 and State Route 56 about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday. This is north of McArthur in Swan Township.

The road is back open.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and McArthur Police Department are investigating at the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/18/16 @ 3:08 p.m.

VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Four people have been killed in an accident in Vinton County, Ohio, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The accident happened at the intersection of State Route 93 and State Route 56 about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday and involves a car and trash truck. This is north of McArthur in Swan Township.

The road is expected to shut down for an extended period of time.

At this time, no other information has been released.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.