A teenager is dead after a tractor-trailer accident in northwest Ohio. According to police, a tractor-trailer struck a van carrying a family and members of an Ohio girls' high school water polo team earlier this month. The Henry County Sheriff's Office reports at around 10 a.m. on August 12, the westbound driver of the van failed to yield at an intersection on State Rt. 281 and a southbound semitrailer plowed into the side of the vehicle carrying multiple passengers. The force of the crash sent both vehicles into a ditch. Five people were critically injured, and a 19-year-old girl is dead.
According to the sheriff's office, the 19-year-old girl died instantly. She was a sophomore at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. The five other passengers included the 45-year-old driver of the van, a 17-year-old, a 15-year-old, and two 14-year-olds. The injured passengers were airlifted to Toledo hospitals, and all are in serious condition. Authorities say the 23-year-old tractor-trailer driver wasn't hurt. Some of the van’s passengers were members of Worthington Kilbourne High School water polo team. The girl who died was a family member and not on the water polo team. The van was headed from suburban Columbus to an out-of-town tournament in Napoleon.
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