Troopers with the Milan post of the state Highway Patrol are investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 7:18 p.m. Thursday on the Ohio Turnpike at the 89.1 mile marker westbound in Sandusky County's Rice Township.
Andrew D. Gans, 24, of Kent, was driving a 2013 Infinity M56 west at a high rate of speed when he struck the rear of a Chrysler Town and Country containing Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, of Toledo, troopers said. Gans' vehicle then ran off the right side of the road and caught on fire just after the driver was able to exit his vehicle.
The other vehicle came came to rest in the center lane, where it caught on fire with the two occupants still in the vehicle. The McCoys were unable to exit the vehicle and died, troopers said. Due to the severe fire damage it is currently unknown whether they were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, troopers said.
Gans sustained injuries as a result of this crash and was transported by Sandusky Township EMS to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Due to severe fire damage, it also is unknown whether Gans was wearing a seatbelt.
His vehicle sustained severe damage and was removed from the scene by Madison’s Towing. The other severely-damaged vehicle also was removed by Madison’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation, and alcohol use is unknown at this time, troopers said. A blood sample was drawn from Gans for testing.
Troopers estimate Gans was driving at least 125 mph. He was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, troopers said. Gans will be incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail once he is released from St. Vincent's.
Traffic on the turnpike was backed up for at least three miles, forcing holiday travelers to seek alternative routes.
Sandusky Township EMS, Sandusky Township Fire Department, Turnpike Incident Response, the Sandusky County Prosecutor, the Sandusky County Coroner and Madison’s Towing assisted troopers at the scene.