MONTGOMERY, OH (WOIO) - Ashland County Sheriff Carl Richert said a crash between a semi-truck and an SUV on mile marker 189 of I-71 at 11:47 a.m. hospitalized three people on Friday.
According to the sheriff, the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by a 21-year-old woman from Blacklick was traveling southbound when it hydroplaned and went off the left side of the road and struck the median cable barrier.
When the driver got back onto the road, the passenger side of the Hyundai stuck a 2019 Freightliner semi-truck, the sheriff said.
The semi-truck hit the guardrail and the SUV spun, colliding with the trailer part of the semi-truck, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff said the fire department had to use the jaws of life to remove the top of the SUV to get the woman and the man out because the driver side was against a tire and the passenger side was too mangled.
About 20 minutes after the crash, the man and woman were being transported to Mansfield Med Central Hospital, according to the sheriff.
The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the man suffered serious injuries, the sheriff said.
The sheriff said 55-year-old man from North Fairfield driving the semi-truck was transported to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries.
According to the sheriff, all three people were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Ashland County Pictures captured footage of the scene:
The crash is still under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted by Ashland Fire and EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.
All of the lanes at the crash site were reopened after two hours.