Alcohol may have played a role in a double-fatal crash Monday night involving a wrong-way driver on the U.S. 6/U.S. 20 bypass just north of Fremont.
The two drivers involved — Evelyn Hunt, 57, of Fremont, and wrong-way driver Charles Starks, 61, also of Fremont — died at the scene.
A passenger in Hunt's vehicle, Zackary Zimmerman, 15, of Fremont, was taken by ambulance to Fremont Memorial Hospital, where he's being treated for serious injuries, troopers at the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Fremont post said.
Dispatchers began receiving calls at 7:22 p.m. about a vehicle headed east in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 6 bypass around Fremont. Troopers and Sandusky County deputies headed to the area and came upon the crash, troopers said.
They quickly shut down the westbound lanes of the bypass, which remained closed until about 10:40 p.m.
Starks was driving a 2013 Kia Optima east in the westbound lanes when his vehicle struck Hunt's oncoming 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup, troopers aid.
Both vehicles were heavily damaged on impact, with the pickup coming to rest on the north side of the bypass and the Kia coming to rest on the grass median. A knot of troopers, deputies and firefighters from the Sandusky County area worked for hours in sub-freezing temperatures to clear the scene.
Traffic was reduced to a slow creep in the eastbound lanes, meanwhile, and throngs of people parked their cars at the nearby Heinz Drive to watch as emergency crews cleared the wreckage.
The crash remains under investigation, although troopers said alcohol may have played a role.
The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by its crash reconstruction specialists, as well as Sandusky County deputies, Fremont police, the Sandusky County coroner's office, Sandusky County Life Squad 17, Sandusky County firefighters and the Ohio Department of Transportation.