EBRO — Two Ohio women driving home from spring break died and seven other people were hospitalized after a crash Saturday in the Panhandle.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, Brittney Gallagher of Willoughby, Ohio, was driving near Ebro on Saturday morning when she drifted into oncoming traffic. Troopers said Gallagher's attempts to correct the problem caused her vehicle to spin and cross into the path of a pickup driven by Kelly Porter of Stillwater, Okla.
Gallagher and her front-seat passenger, Courtney Miller of Niles, Ohio, were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said each was wearing a seat belt.
Two other passengers, Diana Mitchell of Solon, Okla., and Lauren Kane of Willoughby, Ohio, were hospitalized in critical condition.
They were all spring break visitors returning to Ohio, Walton County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Bill May said.
Authorities said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
Porter was hospitalized in serious condition. Three passengers — Tyler Magar of Yukon, Okla., Courtney Burnett of Edmond, Okla., and Matthew Gallant of Oklahoma City, Okla. — also were hospitalized with serious injuries. Another passenger, Braden Solis of Oklahoma City, Okla., was hospitalized with minor injuries.
According to WJHG-TV in Panama City, Gallagher and her passengers were Ohio State students. Porter, Solis and Magar are students at Oklahoma State University. Gallant attends the University of Oklahoma. Burnett goes to Southeast Missouri State.