Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash on US 42
Jackson Township – Troopers from the Ashland Highway Patrol Post are investigating a fatal crash which occurred on US 42 at the intersection of State Route 302 in Ashland County, Ohio.
On Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 at approximately 1021 hours, a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck driven by Abdikadir Abshir Shire, age 37 of Saint Paul, Minnesota was southbound on SR 302. A 2001 Toyota Camry driven by John Thomas Keener, age 40 of Ashland, Ohio was north/eastbound on US 42. The Freightliner semi-truck failed to yield at the stop sign and entered the intersection into the path of the Toyota Camry, striking it. Both vehicles went off of the roadway after the collision and came to a final rest in a field off the southeast corner of the intersection.
The driver of the Toyota Camry was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Freightliner semi-truck was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
SR 302 is still closed just south of the intersection of US 42 for scene clean-up. US 42 is now open in both directions.
Other agencies assisting at the crash scene were: Town & County Fire & EMS, Polk/Jackson Township Fire & EMS, The Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.
Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.