Video shows wrong-way driver on I-90 before deadly crash; Victims identified

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CLEVELAND-- Video from the Ohio Department of Transportation shows the moments before a crash on Interstate 90 in Cleveland that killed three people.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes between West 25th Street and West 98th Street just before midnight on Sunday.

Cleveland police said Michael Kantos, 58, was driving the wrong way and hit another car with four people inside.

The driver and one passenger were killed. Two 19-year-old women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with critical injuries. Kantos also died.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased as 19-year-old Maxfield Ligon, of Reminderville, and 20-year-old Cidney Nicole Thomas, of Bedford Heights.

John Beck was among the drivers who had to quickly swerve out of the way to avoid being hit.

"Right there in my face were headlights looking me dead on, and it was only two seconds before I could swerve over to the left into the fastest lane and keep going, but I was just so shocked," he said.

He estimated Kantos was driving in the wrong direction at 80 to 90 mph. He said he repeatedly called 911 because the line was busy before he got through to a dispatcher.

"I feel really blessed because ain't no way I would've survived it," Beck said. "We were seconds away from death, that's how I look at it, and for whatever reason we were able to avoid it in a way that we are here today."

The crash remains under investigation and alcohol may have been a factor, according to Cleveland police.

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