Four killed after semi truck tipped and crushed car that stopped on roadway

Ohio authorities say that multiple people were killed in a late night two vehicle crash in Ashland County on Wednesday.

The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, on southbound I-71 in Ashland County, Ohio.

Southbound I-71 shut down at 185mn due to a fatal accident Part 1

Southbound I-71 shut down at 185mn due to a fatal accident Part 1

Posted by Ashland County Pictures on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a white 2009 Saturn Outlook due to a speeding violation. Troopers say that the Saturn did not pull off on the shoulder but instead stopped in the right lane of I-71.

The trooper on scene used his vehicle’s PA system to order the motorist to move over. Moments later, a semi truck struck the vehicle, sending it crashing into trees on the side of the interstate.

The semi truck then tipped over and crushed the car.

Four of the seven people inside the car died as a result of the crash.

The truck driver and Ohio trooper both survived without serious injury. The other three people in the car were hospitalized.

The truck driver has been identified as a 54 year old man from Indiana.

The crash is still under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

All lanes of southbound I-71 reopened for rush hour on Thursday morning.

I-71 southbound in Ashland County, is open as of 7am!

Posted by Ohio Department of Transportation North Central Ohio District 3 on Thursday, July 30, 2020