8 hospitalized in Ottawa crash

April 1, 2013

OTTAWA Eight people were taken to hospitals Saturday evening when two cars collided.

According to officials from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Channing Schmitz, 16, of Ottawa, was driving east on Road I-7, east of state Route 65, when his vehicle jumped the railroad tracks at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Schmitz lost control and collided with a westbound vehicle driven by Daryl Brooks, 50, of Ottawa.

Five juveniles from the Schmitz vehicle and three from the Brooks vehicle were taken to hospitals.

The names and conditions of those hospitalized were not available late Sunday.

State Patrol officials said charges were pending.