Witnesses Describe ‘Horrible’ Deadly Crash on I-77

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BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio-- Two people have died in a five-car crash that tied up traffic on Interstate 77 through much of the morning rush hour Tuesday and into the afternoon.

Police say the crash appears to have started in the southbound lanes.

A piano delivery truck and a car are believed to have collided, although as of Tuesday afternoon it was still not clear who was at fault.

The truck appears to have taken a dramatic left turn, crashing through a guard rail just north of the Rt. 82 exit.

Witnesses describe a horrible, helpless scene as the truck then went airborne, crashing into a northbound car driven by Gail Bradley, 57, of Medina.

Rescuers worked frantically to free Bradley from her tangled car, but she died of her injuries.

Her brother, Mark Swaney, describes Bradley as a sweet, loving person who would do anything for anyone. He says she was on her way to work when the accident happened.

Also killed in the accident was the driver of the truck David Starr, 33 of Barberton. A passenger in the truck was injured and was taken to a local hospital. Co-workers told FOX 8 News he was in surgery early Tuesday afternoon.

Two other cars in the northbound lanes were also involved in the crash.

Authorities say four people were injured.

The driver of the southbound car that initially collided with the truck was treated and released from a local hospital with only minor injuries, according to police.

The crash forced the closing of all north and southbound lanes of the interstate.

Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation worked through the morning to replace the missing length of guardrail while the wreckage was being cleared from the northbound lanes.

Broadview Heights police were still completing their investigation late Tuesday afternoon.

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