BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — A driver going the wrong way on a highway crashed head-on into a car carrying five Bowling Green State University sorority sisters who were going out of town ahead of spring break, killing herself and three of the students and leaving two other students injured.
The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. on I-75 south of Toledo, just miles from the campus.
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said the accident occurred at a crest in the highway and he doubts the northbound student who was driving had any warning.
"I don’t think the college girls ever saw it coming. Nothing they could have done to avoid the crash," Wasylyshyn said.
"The college girls apparently did nothing wrong. They were just driving northbound and a woman driving in the opposite direction in the wrong way on the roadway hit them head-on." The woman was traveling alone.
The university said the students were members of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The campus was working with police and hospital officials to notify families of the victims.
The university identified those killed as Rebekkah Blakkolb, 20, a junior from Aurora, Ohio; Christina Goyett, 19, a sophomore from Bay City, and Sarah Hammond, 21, a junior from Yellow Springs, Ohio.
The injured were identified as Angelica Mormile, 19, a freshman from Garfield Heights, Ohio, and Kayla Somoles, 19, a sophomore from Cleveland.
The wrong-way driver is identified as 69-year-old Winifred Lein of Perrysburg, Ohio.