Semi VS Car Accident Causes Partial Shutdown On I-71 South

  • 4/19/2019 1:02:18 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - A semi versus vehicle accident shut down a part of I-71 South near Ashland at approximately 11:47 am on Friday. 

The accident occured at Mile Marker 189. A Black Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling southbound on I-71 when it spun out and struck the median cable barrier.  The Hyundia then traveled back into the southbound lane of 71 where it was struck by a semi.

Both the driver and the passenger of the Hyundai had to be extracted out of the vehicle.

According to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, both the driver and the passenger of the Hyundai were taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. The driver of the Hyundai, 21-year old Emma Blair, suffered from non-life threatening injuries.  The passanger suffered serious injuries.

Semi truck driver, 55-year old Richard Mitchell of North Fairfield, Ohio, suffered minor injuries.  He was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital.

I-71 southbound was shut down for nearly 2 hours as officials worked to clear the scene.

Ashland Fire and EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ashland County Sheriff's Office all assisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol during the incident.

All three people involved in the accident were weating seatbelts during the crash.  The Ohio Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.

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