They were part of a film crew on their way to Summit Motorsports Park last Thursday to shoot footage for a drag racing television show called "Won & Done."
But before they arrived, an accident sent three of the crew members to hospitals with various injuries.
They're now out of the hospital and "all three are expected to be OK," said one of the crew members, who preferred to remain anonymous.
He told the Reflector that Steven Koehler, 33, of Cincinnati, suffered a bad concussion, Joseph C. Digiacomo, 38, Orland Park, Ill., sustained three broken ribs and a collapsed lung and Jessica Roberts, 25, of Cincinnati, had three sore ribs, fluid in her lungs and a possible back injury.
Roberts, however, refuted some of that. "My medical status was incorrectly reported … and while I am expected to make a full recovery I do not wish to disclose this information at this time," she told the Reflector.
A replacement crew shot footage in their place.
"It just floored us when we heard what happened," the crew member told the Reflector.
The accident happened at 1:43 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 20 and Ohio 601.
(NOTE: To see pictures of the accident scene, click HERE.)
Digiacomo was driving south on Ohio 601 when he reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign.
As a result, Jose G. Martinez, 56, of Fremont, who was driving a tractor-trailer west on U.S. 20, stuck Joseph's four-door Saturn in the left side of the vehicle, causing Joseph's vehicle to spin off the southwest corner of the road into a parking lot.
Troopers said neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected in the crash.
Digiacomo was taken by North Central EMS to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Koehler was taken by Citizens Ambulance to Fisher-Titus. Roberts was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Martinez, 56, of Fremont, complained of neck pain, but declined treatment.
The crew member who got in touch with the Reflector said the crew members were on their way to the raceway to help set up the stage, cameras and perform any tasks necessary before shooting was to begin on Friday and Saturday.
"I've personally known all three of them over 10 years," he said. "It could have been a lot of worse."
Roberts, however, told the Reflector she has never met the man but confirmed he is acquainted with the other two.
He said he was on the way to Summit when the accident happened. He had texted Koehler, but didn't hear back from him all day. Later on, Koehler briefly explained what happened. "It could have been a lot of worse," Koehler told him.
In Won & Done, two vehicles compete in a drag race where everything about the race is negotiable, from the lanes, the distance, the car lengths and the start. Once the negotiation is finalized, the vehicles line up and the first racer to the finish-line, wins," according to the show's website at http://www.mavtv.com/shows/won-a.... "The winner earns $500 and the right to compete another day. The loser's VIN number is recorded and that vehicle is done forever -- banned for life from the show. Any vehicle that stays undefeated for 10 races will win a $50,000 bonus."
The show airs on MAV TV.