Sunday, May 2, 2004

Two vehicles hit same tree minutes apart, killing two

The Associated Press

PEEBLES - Two cars crashed into the same tree beside a state highway within minutes of each other early Saturday, killing both men in the first car and injuring the two in the second, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

A 1992 Chevrolet Camaro Z24 was going south on Ohio 41 about 3:45 a.m. when it drove off the right side, hit the tree and came to rest against a fence, said troopers from the Georgetown Post in Adams County.

Nicholas Kremin, 24, and Christopher Hawes, 33, were thrown from the car and died.

Shortly afterward, the second car hit the tree and ended up in a field.

The occupants were flown by helicopter to regional hospitals.

Ryan Countryman, 27, was in critical condition Saturday at University Hospital in Cincinnati and Chris Wright, 26, was in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, nursing supervisors said.

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