3 children ejected from utility vehicle after it was struck by car

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CONGRESS TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Three children were injured Friday afternoon after the utility vehicle in which they were riding was struck by a car in Congress Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports.

It happened just after 1:30 p.m. Friday on Myers Road, just west of Elyria Road.

Investigators said an 18-year-old West Salem man, driving a Toyota Camry, was westbound on Myers when his car struck a John Deere Gator — carrying four children — as it was crossing the road.

The John Deere Gator rotated after being hit, and ejected three of the four children.

After the collision, the Camry drove off the left side of the road, hit a tree and a mailbox, before coming to a stop on the roadway.

Three of the four children were taken by ambulance to Wooster Community Hospital, before being flown to Akron Children’s Hospital.  They were reported in stable condition Saturday morning.

The 18-year-old driver was not injured in the crash and did not have a license, OSHP said.

Although alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash, it is still under investigation.

Further details were not immediately released.

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