A teenage Canton boy in a sport utility vehicle struck a moving-but-empty chicken truck on U.S. 62 Wednesday morning.

CANTON  A 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle he was driving early Wednesday morning, crossed the median of U.S. Route 62 and collided with an empty chicken truck, police said.

Police were called at 5:11 a.m. to U.S. 62 east of Cleveland Avenue NW, which is east of the I-77 interchange, said Lt. Lisa Broucker of the Canton Police Department's Traffic Division.

The boy, a Canton youth whose name has not been released, was driving a Buick SUV east on U.S. 62 when he crossed the median into the westbound lanes and hit an empty Case Farms chicken truck, she said. The truck driver tried to avoid the collision, but the front of the SUV hit the front of the truck, she said.

The Buick overturned. (Earlier reports said that the chicken truck had overturned, but it had not.)

Canton firefighter/medics had to cut through the mangled metal to free the boy. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center with injuries that were "serious but do not appear to be life-threatening, " Broucker said, adding that the truck driver was not injured. The truck driver is from New Philadelphia.

The crash closed all lanes of U.S. 62 from I-77 to the west and Market Avenue N to the east. The eastbound lanes of U.S. 62 reopened about 8:15 a.m., and westbound lanes reopened just before 10 a.m.

The police investigation into the cause of the crash also continued, the lieutenant said.

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