Two dead, one a Mansfield woman, after five-vehicle crash on I-71 Wednesday night

BELLVILLE – The Mansfield submit of the Highway Patrol is investigating a five-vehicle deadly crash that occurred Wednesday at 10:49 p.m. on Interstate 71 close to in Perry Township. in Richland County, killing two folks, together with a Mansfield lady and a Fairlawn man in two separate automobiles.

Shawna E. Smith, 60, of Mansfield, the motive force of a Chevrolet Uplander, and Ronald Smith, 62, of Fairlawn, the motive force of a Ford Escape, every suffered deadly accidents on the scene, based on a information launch from the patrol Thursday afternoon.

According to the preliminary investigation, a Nissan Rogue, operated by Michael L.  Albaugh, 60, Lewis Center, was touring southbound on I-71 when it struck a deer. The collision brought on the SUV’s hood to come back unlatched, blocking the windshield.

At the identical time, a Freightliner business tractor-trailer, pushed by Ahmed M.  Ahmed, 28, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was following behind the SUV. Ahmed swerved to keep away from the Nissan because it slowed within the roadway. He then drove off the left facet of the roadway, by means of the media, and into the northbound lanes. His tractor-trailer struck a northbound Chevrolet Uplander, operated by Shawna E. Smith, and a Ford Escape, pushed by Ronald Smith, after which caught fireplace, based on the discharge.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser.An Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser.

A Freightliner business tractor-trailer, operated by Elvedin  Hanusic, 43, of Jacksonville, Florida, struck Ahmed’s business tractor-trailer that got here to relaxation within the northbound lanes after which overturned, the patrol mentioned.

The drivers of the remaining automobiles; the passenger of the Nissan, Lynette D. Albaugh, 51, Lewis Center, and the passenger of Hanusic’s tractor-trailer, Hebib Meril, 41, Jacksonville, Florida, all sustained minor accidents and have been transported by ambulance to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Northbound lanes have been closed for about 9 hours, and a few southbound lanes have been closed for 4 hours whereas the scene was cleared and an preliminary investigation was accomplished.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on the scene by the Richland County  Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Coroner’s Office, Bellville Police Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, Troy Township Fire Department, Washington Township Fire Department, Johnsville Fire Department, Mike’s Towing & Repair, Laurence’s Towing & Repair and Westside Towing.

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This article initially appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Two people die after five-vehicle crash related to deer in I-71

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