WARREN, Ohio – A speeding SUV taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, killing five boys and the young woman driving, the State Highway Patrol said.
The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland, Lt. Anne Ralston said.
Investigators say it came to rest upside down in the swamp and sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth, thrown from the SUV during the crash, was found under it when the vehicle was taken out of the water.
The two boys who survived escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911, the Highway Patrol said.
State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said at an evening news conference that speed was a factor, although investigators were still trying to determine the speed at the time of the accident.
No one in the vehicle had permission to take it, but there were no theft reports, Holt said. Ralston didn’t know where the teens were headed when the crash happened at about 7 a.m. and Holt said later it wasn’t clear how long they had been out.
The two survivors, 18-year-old Brian Henry and 15-year-old Asher Lewis, both of Warren, were treated for bruising and other injuries and released, she said.
State police identified those killed as the 19-year-old driver, Alexis Cayson; Andrique Bennett, 14; Brandon Murray, 17; and Kirklan Behner, Ramone White and Daylan Ray, all 15. The Highway Patrol said Cayson was the only female in the vehicle.
Lobster fishery certified by council
PORTLAND, Maine – An international organization that certifies fisheries as being sustainably run has given its seal of approval to the Maine lobster fishery.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Sunday that the London-based Marine Stewardship Council has designated the fishery as meeting its standards for responsible fishing practices. The announcement was made at the annual International Boston Seafood Show.
Shucks Maine Lobster President John Hathaway said the designation allows the industry to market itself as sustainably run and differentiate itself from the Canadian lobster fishery. Fisheries that make the cut can use the MSC’s ecolabel, a seal that assures consumers that the seafood was not overfished or harvested in a way that harms the ocean.
The Marine Stewardship Council has certified nearly 200 fisheries.
Earthquake felt in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Authorities in Alaska say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 was felt in Anchorage and areas to the northwest.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports that the quake struck shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday. It was centered 28 miles northwest of Anchorage.
The quake was felt throughout the Cook Inlet region. There were no reports of damage.