Two vehicles were traveling south, side by side, on the Little Portage River Wildlife access road, which is narrow and was snow covered, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. The access road entrance begins north of where Darr-Hopfinger and Mulcahy roads meet.
One of the vehicles was a 2002 Ford Explorer being driven by Ryliegh A. Myosky, 17, of Oak Harbor.
The other vehicle was a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo being driven by Carl T. Sines, 16, of Oak Harbor.
At 10:52 a.m., the Monte Carlo slid off the right side of the road, troopers said. The Explorer traveled a few feet further, slid off the left side of the road, into a creek and overturned.
Myosky and his passenger — Lavonne I. Silverwood, 16, of Oak Harbor — had to be extricated from the vehicle by Fire/EMS.
Myosky was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire/EMS and his body was transported to Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home in Port Clinton. Silverwood suffered minor injuries and was flown by a ProMedica helicopter to ProMedica Children’s Hospital in Toledo.
Sines suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, troopers said.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Bay Township Fire Department, Erie Township Fire Department, Port Clinton Fire Department, North Central EMS, Mid County EMS, ProMedica, Greer Automotive/Towing and Ken’s Towing.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, troopers said.
Area schools cancelled classes Thursday due to hazardous road conditions caused by snow and ice.