CLINTON COUNTY, OHIO – A news article published on fox19.com reports that drugs and/or alcohol intoxication are presumed to be factors that caused a deadly wrong-way accident. The fatal crash shut down I-71 Northbound in Clinton County, Ohio. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the agency’s troopers answered the accident call at around 12:45 in the morning last Monday. The wrong-way crash occurred near Wilmington Road.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, all I-71 Northbound traffic lanes in the area were closed until around 5 in the morning. The fatal wrong-way crash resulted in a 10-mile backup that extended all the way to Warren County’s Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers reported that a Ford Escape was heading in the wrong direction and collided head-on with an International tractor-trailer truck. The Ford Escape driver was tragically pronounced deceased at the accident scene. His name was not released pending next-of-kin notification.
The International tractor-trailer truck driver, a 51-year-old man from Hanceville, Alabama, was transported to Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington. He reportedly sustained severe injuries.
Clinton County doesn’t have a wrong-way driver detection system. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the wrong-way driver detection system in Hamilton County is working well. Clinton County officials stated that they are monitoring and analyzing the issue.
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