COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Three people are dead, three others injured after a chain-reaction crash on I-71 in north Columbus early Sunday morning.
The first crash happened just after 1:35 a.m. on I-71 North between 5th and 11th Avenue when Corey Johnson's car struck a median wall according to police. His car then hit a car that had Amina and Amal Mohamed and Anisa Abdi Karim inside, another car driven by Gabriel Reid Akomeah, 34, before hitting a third car driven by Monica Sharpe, police say.
Amal. Karim, and Gabriel Akomeah were killed, according to police. Sharpe and her passenger Deondra Minor were taken to OSU Medical Center in stable condition and Amina Mohamed was taken to Nationwide Children's hospital in critical condition according to authorities.
Columbus Police confirmed that Amina is an 8th grader at Wedgewood Middle School and that Amal was a Centennial High School 2016 graduate. Karim was a Centennial High School senior.
Police say after the deadly crash, there were other crashes on the highway. There were about 3-5 other crashes as well as a result of the first accident according to authorities. The highway was shut down in the area for a couple authorities while investigators worked at the scene.