Video of Trooper struck on Interstate 71
JACKSON TOWNSHIP - A trooper from the Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was struck while outside his vehicle while investigating a previous crash at approximately 5:50 a.m. The injury crash occurred on Interstate 71 northbound near County Road 175 in Jackson Township, Ashland County.
On November 1 at 5:26 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash on an ice-covered bridge on Interstate 71 northbound near milepost 193. Troopers arrived on scene and located a Jeep just north of the County Road 175 bridge in the median. ODOT was notified of icy roadways in the area.
Trooper Tanner R. Guinther was standing outside of his cruiser investigating the original crash in the median when a northbound 2021 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Michelle N. Paxton, 37, Carroll, lost control on the ice-covered bridge and struck Trooper Guinther’s patrol car before continuing into the median where it struck Trooper Guinther and the original crashed Jeep.
Trooper Guinther was transported to Ohio Health in Ashland with minor injuries, where he was treated and released. Paxton and the driver of the Jeep were not injured during the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Town & Country Fire Department, ODOT and Abers Towing.
Motorists are reminded to proceed with caution anytime they see flashing lights ahead and to reduce their speed on icy or snow-covered roadways.