UPDATE: OSHP trooper injured during 8-vehicle, chain reaction crash on I-77 near Canton

UPDATE: OSHP trooper injured during 8-vehicle, chain reaction crash on I-77 near Canton
Source: Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio)

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A crash involving multiple vehicles, including an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a tractor-trailer, closed a stretch of I-77 south in Stark County for nearly 3 hours.

The eight-vehicle crash occurred Thursday around 1:30 p.m. on I-77 south near Sheffel St NW, north of Canton.

Source: Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio)
Source: Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio)

The OSHP trooper was taken to a nearby hospital, but he is expected to be OK.

The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle injury crash involving a police cruiser.

The OSHP released the following statement Thursday evening regarding the crash:

"The Canton Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating an eight vehicle injury crash that occurred on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at approximately 1:15 P.M. along Interstate 77 south bound between the Shuffel Street and Portage Street exits.

At 12:24 P.M. a two vehicle crash occurred along Interstate 77 and was being investigated by Trooper Robert Chapman. Both vehicles and the Ohio State Highway Patrol car were parked on the right berm of Interstate 77 south bound. The patrol car had its emergency lights flashing to warn oncoming traffic.

At 1:15 P.M. there was a crash involving 6 vehicles just north of where Trooper Chapman was stopped. The forward momentum of a commercial semi bob-tail struck the concrete barrier along the west side of the roadway. The commercial truck careened off the concrete barrier and struck the rear of patrol car.

There were multiple injuries sustained from the collision including to Trooper Chapman. The victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Jackson Township Police Department, Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Summit County Sheriff’s Office assisted on-scene and with traffic control. North Canton City, Jackson Township, and Plain Township Fire Departments were on-scene and provided medical aid. Ohio Department of Transportation provided road closure assistance during the investigation."

Interstate 77 was closed traveling south from Shuffel Street for approximately 1:30 hours and was partially re-opened at 03:45 P.M.

The crash currently remains under investigation.

As of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, traffic was moving again on the stretch of highway.

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