Distracted Driver Likely to Blame in Nasty Crash

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CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio --  A nasty multi-vehicle crash sent three people to the hospital Friday.

Investigators say the at-fault driver admitted he was reaching to grab his cell phone when he ran a red light.

Trooper Steven Jefferies with the Chardon Post of the State Highway Patrol said just before 7 a.m. Friday, 58-year-old Richard Lang, of Geneva, was traveling about 40 mph when he crossed the intersection of State Route 44 and Auburn Road in Concord Township.

“The phone had just rang. He looked over to pick his phone up and never saw he had a red traffic light and entered into the intersection,” said Jefferies.

The Highway Patrol says Lang was heading south along Route 44 when he slammed into the driver's side of a small SUV being driven by 56-year-old Mary McDonald. Her vehicle was pushed into a third car that was driven by a 68-year-old man. Both drivers were extricated and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center, where they are listed in serious condition. Lang was treated and released from another area hospital.

“We’re just fortunate the accident wasn’t that serious. It could have been a lot more serious. Everyone had their safety belts on. That helped with the injuries. We just would like the motorists to pay attention on the roadway. When you’re driving you have to maintain your vision onto the roadway," Jefferies said.