Route 30 crash claims life

LISBON – The Lisbon post of the State Highway Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle accident Saturday that claimed the life of an East Liverpool woman.

According to reports, Gwen A. Blake, 23, was traveling south on U.S. Route 30 shortly after 12:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2001 Ford Windstar and struck the center concrete wall on the left side. She then drove off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned before landing on the roof.

Blake, who was not wearing her seat belt at the time, was ejected from the vehicle. She was flown to UPMC Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The passengers, Matthew D. Randolph, 23, and three children, Alexandria A. Randolph, 4, Aubrey L. Randolph, 2, and Harmony S. Randolph, 1, all from East Liverpool, were taken by NorthStar Ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital for their injuries and released.

All four passengers were wearing seat belts, and child safety seats were in use at the time of the accident.

Clothes and other items were scattered throughout the hillside as the vehicle overturned.

Traffic heading south on U.S. Route 30, where the highway runs in conjunction with state Route 11, was stopped for over 90 minutes and backed up for nearly a mile as troopers gathered information at the scene.

Trooper Race Baker is handling the investigation.

St. Clair Township police, Liverpool Township police, Glenmoor fire and Calcutta fire crews assisted at the scene, and Calcutta Towing towed away the vehicle.