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The Suburbanite
  • Woman killed in crash that closed Route 21 for three hours

  • A 21-year-old Tuscarawas County woman was killed Wednesday after state troopers say her Buick Park Avenue crossed a double yellow line and slammed head-on into a tractor-trailer on state Route 21 just south of Navarre.

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  • A 21-year-old Tuscarawas County woman was killed Wednesday after state troopers say her Buick Park Avenue crossed a double yellow line and slammed head-on into a tractor-trailer on state Route 21 just south of Navarre.
    Sapphira C. Ciriano, of 16851 Horse Shoe Bend Road, Newcomerstown, was northbound around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 7000 block of 21, near Lawndell Road SW, when she drove left of center and struck a southbound 2001 Mack truck driven by Todd Zorger, 52, of Carrollton, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.
    Ciriano, the only occupant in the car, died instantly, according Rick Walters, Stark County Coroner’s Office investigator. Zorger, a driver for Carrollton-based Cramblett Trucking, did not have any visible injuries but was taken to Affinity Medical Center for precautionary reasons, said Lt. William Wiertz, of the Highway Patrol’s Canton Post.
    The cause of the crash is being investigated. Roads were wet at the time of the incident.
    The collision forced Zorger, who had picked up a load of gravel in Navarre, into a guardrail on the right side of the road. Ciriano’s car came to rest against the guardrail on the eastern side of the highway. Emergency crews from the Navarre and Bethlehem fire departments peeled the roof from Ciriano’s crumpled car to free her body. As a result of the impact, the car’s windshield shattered and its engine was pushed toward the passenger cabin. The semi-truck’s hood was ripped off and the left front axle was pushed under the cab.
    State Route 21 was closed for roughly three hours between U.S. Route 62 in Navarre and the Tuscarawas-Stark County line to allow crews to clean up debris and a small amount of diesel fuel that spilled during the crash.