Ashland County highway crash between semi-truck and SUV sends 3 to the hospital

Ashland County highway crash between semi-truck and SUV sends 3 to the hospital

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:

Semi versus vehicle at the 189.2 mile marker on I 71 Southbound Ln (Part 1)

Troopers Investigating Serious Injury Crash in Ashland County (Video 1) Montgomery Township – Troopers are investigating a serious injury traffic crash involving a Hyundai Santa Fe and a Freightliner Semi Truck that occurred on Interstate 71 (Southbound) at approximately 11:47am. A 2008 Hyundai Sante Fe was southbound on I-71 when it lost control and went off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier. The Sante Fe then came back onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 71 where it was struck by a 2019 Freightliner Semi Truck. The driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Emma K. Blair, 21 years old, from Blacklick, Ohio was transported to Mansfield Med Central Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There was a passenger in the Santa Fe that was also transported to Mansfield Med Central Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the semi-truck, Richard V. Mitchell, 55 years old, from North Fairfield, Ohio was transported to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries. Interstate 71 (southbound) was closed for approximately two hours. Traffic was being detoured while the roadway was closed. Other agencies assisting at the crash scene were: Ashland Fire & EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office. The driver and passenger of the Sante Fe were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The crash is still currently under investigation.

Posted by Ashland County Pictures on Friday, April 19, 2019
Semi versus vehicle at the 189.2 mile marker on I 71 Southbound Ln (Part 2)

Troopers Investigating Serious Injury Crash in Ashland County (Video 2) Montgomery Township – Troopers are investigating a serious injury traffic crash involving a Hyundai Santa Fe and a Freightliner Semi Truck that occurred on Interstate 71 (Southbound) at approximately 11:47am. A 2008 Hyundai Sante Fe was southbound on I-71 when it lost control and went off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier. The Sante Fe then came back onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 71 where it was struck by a 2019 Freightliner Semi Truck. The driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Emma K. Blair, 21 years old, from Blacklick, Ohio was transported to Mansfield Med Central Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There was a passenger in the Santa Fe that was also transported to Mansfield Med Central Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the semi-truck, Richard V. Mitchell, 55 years old, from North Fairfield, Ohio was transported to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries. Interstate 71 (southbound) was closed for approximately two hours. Traffic was being detoured while the roadway was closed. Other agencies assisting at the crash scene were: Ashland Fire & EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office. The driver and passenger of the Sante Fe were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The crash is still currently under investigation.

Posted by Ashland County Pictures on Friday, April 19, 2019

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.

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