Victims of I-71 Accident Identified

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ASHLAND, Ohio — Two people were killed Thursday morning in an accident on Interstate 71, the Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports.

The crash happened at approximately 4:30 a.m., just north of the U.S. 250 exit.

A preliminary investigation revealed Julius Manning, 62, of Cleveland, was driving a Chrysler Town and Country van northbound on I-71 when he hit the back of a commercial tractor-trailer in front of him.

Bryce Seymour, 53, of Geneva, Ohio, pulled over the tractor-trailer after the impact but collapsed due to a medical condition when he got out of the vehicle.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office later told Fox 8 News he had suffered a heart attack.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ashland County Coroner’s Office.

The Ashland Post said Manning was not wearing a seat belt and it was not known if Seymour had been wearing his.

At the time of this report it was not known if alcohol was a factor in the crash.