Troopers Investigating Serious Injury Crash on I-71
Montgomery Township – Troopers from the Ashland Highway Patrol Post are investigating a serious injury crash which occurred on IR-71, northbound, near milepost 188 in Ashland County, Ohio.
On Thursday, March 16, 2023 at approximately 1343 hours, a 2004 Volvo semi-truck and trailer were disabled on the right berm of IR-71. A 2019 Ford F-350 commercial service truck was on scene, assisting with repairs for the semi-truck and trailer. The service truck was attempting to block the right lane of IR-71.
The driver of the disabled semi-truck was outside of the vehicle and was attempting to disconnect the truck and trailer. A 2015 Freightliner box truck was driving in the right lane of travel and struck the rear of the service truck, which then struck the driver.
The driver of the Freightliner box truck was treated on scene and the passenger was transported to the Ashland UH Samaritan Medical Center with non-life threatening-injuries.
The driver of the service truck was also transported to the Ashland UH Samaritan Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the disabled commercial vehicle was transported to Ohio-Health Mansfield Hospital with serious injuries.
I-71 northbound was closed for approximately 2 hours.
Other agencies assisting at the crash scene were: Ashland City Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
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