Child killed, 2 injured after in Muskingum County crash
On a morning where the roads were coated in ice, the State Highway Patrol said 27 year-old Stephanie Williams was taking her 6 and 9-year-old daughters to a relative's home, when her SUV slid off the pavement and rolled.
According to the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office, the accident was reported around 9 a.m. on Fultonrose Road near Roseville.
“It dropped 85 feet down, almost straight down,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Kelly said.
During the crash, the 6-year-old was thrown from the vehicle. It was tough for rescue crews to reach the family.
“They had to use ladders and such to get to her,” Sgt. Kelly said.
Williams and her 9-year-old daughter got out but they couldn't find the younger girl.
“There were divers and firefighters down there,” Sgt. Kelly said. “She was trapped between the vehicle and the muddy bank.”
Investigators aren't sure if the family was wearing seatbelts.
“When we found the vehicle, the seatbelts in the back were not latched,” Sgt. Kelly said.
A crane was brought in to pull the vehicle up out of the water.
“It’s rougher dealing with a child than any other, I think it affects everybody a little differently,” Sgt. Kelly said.
Highway patrol said Williams and her 9-year-old daughter were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injures.