Three people, including two Sharon High School football players, died and four others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash late Friday night on the Shenango Valley Freeway in the Sharon area.
Accident investigators say the collision at about 10:00 PM Friday occurred when an S-U-V crossed into the oncoming lanes of traffic and slammed head-on into a pickup.
The deceased included two students who had been in the S-U-V, and the male driver of the truck. Two other occupants of the S-U-V, who had to be extricated from the wreckage, and two children, ages 12 and 10, who reportedly were riding in the back of the pickup, were seriously hurt. One child was flown to a burns hospital, and the other was treated at a Sharon hospital and was later released..
The deceased have been identified as the driver of the S-U-V, 18 year-old Corey Swartz, and one of his passengers, 17 year-old Evan Gill – both students and football players at Sharon High School, and the driver of the pickup, 50 year-old John Zdelar, from Brookfield, Ohio.
Also injured were two other Sharon student-athletes, 17 year-old twin brothers Craig and Greg Osmon, who were in the S-U-V. Both brothers required surgery. The injured children in the pickup have been identified as 10 year-old Evan Wallace and 12 year-old Blake Yenderak, both from Brookfield, Ohio.
Mercer County media reports indicate the occupants of the S-U-V had attended a high school football playoff game at Hickory High School in Hermitage. The Sharon football players had their own playoff game scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Erie. That game was immediately postponed until Monday night.