ASHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The Highway Patrol confirms four people are dead after a car and a semi-truck collided on I-71 southbound at 11:28 p.m on Wednesday.
Troopers stopped a white 2009 Saturn Outlook for a speed violation near the US-250 exit, but rather than move towards the shoulder, the Saturn stopped in the far right lane, according to Sgt. Ray Santiago of the Ashland Post Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Santiago said the trooper ordered the Saturn to move off the roadway over his PA system, but as it was going toward the shoulder, it was struck seconds later by a semi-truck that failed to move over.
The Saturn was forced off the right side of the road, struck several trees before the semi stopped on top of it, according to Sgt. Santiago.
Four out of the seven people in the Saturn were pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Santiago said.
The other three were taken to the hospital by EMS or LifeFlight, according to the sergeant.
The Highway Patrol is working to identify all of the victims and notify their families.
The semi driver was identified by the Highway Patrol as a 54-year-old man from Van Buren, Ind.
He was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries, according to Sgt. Santiago.
No charges have been filed at this time.
“The Patrol reminds motorists to move over or slow down when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. It’s not just the law, it’s the right thing to do,” the Highway Patrol said.
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