5 dead after wrong-way crash in Belmont County

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PEASE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WTRF/AP) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed five people died Saturday night in a wrong-way crash in Belmont County.

According to a press release issued by OSHP, the accident happened around 11:13p.m. on Ohio State Route 7, near mile-marker 26 in Pease Township.

OSHP said the crash involved two vehicles. One was a passenger sedan carrying two people. The other was an SUV carrying four people.

The sedan was driving southbound in the northbound lanes when the wreck happened, according to OSHP.

The patrol statement Sunday said the car’s driver, 22-year-old Caleb Ratcliffe, and his 25-year-old passenger, Sierra Mattson, both of Wheeling, West Virginia, died at the scene.

Troopers say SUV driver, 42-year-old Autumn Day, of Amsterdam, Ohio, and two passengers also died. Those passengers were identified as 21-year-old Sarah Billingsley, of Adena, and 30-year-old Hugh Lasater, of Dillonvale.

A fourth passenger in the SUV escaped the crash with non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Trinity West Hospital for treatment.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol believes alcohol could have been a factor.

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