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Drivers cited in Middletown crash involving children not properly restrained

The names of the drivers involved in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Middletown have been released by the State Highway Patrol.

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The driver of the Chevy Impala has been identified as Pamela Jaster, 34, of Middletown. She was charged with a red light violation.

The driver of the other vehicle was Hailey Black, 26, of Middletown. She was charged with not properly restraining the children in the car — ages 10, 8, 6, 5 and 3 — and driving under suspension.

Lt. Clint Arnold said none of the nine people — the drivers and seven children — suffered serious injuries.

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UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m. May 10:

Nine people, including seven children, five of them not properly restrained, were transported to Atrium Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 8:15 a.m. today at the corner of Central Avenue and Clinton Street, said Lt. Clint Arnold from the state patrol.

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He said a Chevy Impala ran a red light and struck a PT Cruiser that was traveling northbound on Clinton. There were five children under the age of 8 in the PT Cruiser and none was properly restrained, he said.

The driver was cited for driving under suspension and for not having the children restrained.

The driver of the at-fault vehicle was cited for a red-light violation. Arnold said the Impala was traveling “too fast” in the 25 mph zone and both vehicles suffered significant damage.

The patrol has not released the names of the drivers and the accident remains under investigation, Arnold said.

UPDATE @ 9:40 a.m. May 10:

At least two people were taken to area hospitals following a crash at the corner of Central Avenue and Verity Parkway in Middletown.

Both drivers were taken with unknown injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The two-vehicle crash shut down the intersection for about an hour, but now traffic is moving smoothly through the area.

The crash, which was reported at 8:15 a.m., is being investigated by the highway patrol.

INITIAL REPORT @ 8:52 a.m. May 10:

Motorists are being detoured around Verity Parkway and Central Avenue in Middletown following a crash this morning at that intersection.

Middletown police and paramedics and the State Highway Patrol are on the scene.

Motorists are being urged to use caution in the area.

This story will be updated when new information becomes available.

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