I-77 Reopens After Fatal Chain-Reaction Crash

Posted on: 10:49 pm, May 18, 2012, by , updated on: 01:22pm, May 19, 2012

GREEN, Ohio — A portion of I-77 is now reopened after a deadly chain-reaction crash.

Lt. Scott Cottle of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office tells Fox 8 News that the accident happened just before 8:30 p.m. Friday in the northbound lanes of I-77, between the Akron-Canton Airport (Lauby Road) and Massillon Road exits. That stretch of highway was closed for seven hours, while emergency crews attended to the accident.

The sheriff’s office has learned that a driver was traveling between 80 and 90 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic, when he rear-ended a vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash.

The driver, a 40-year-old man from Copley, was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released.

Another person was taken to Akron General Hospital with minor injuries. Stay with Fox 8 News for the latest developments on this story.