Cars catch fire after wrong-way driver hits OSHP trooper, Good Samaritan also injured

RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, a Good Samaritan and an alleged wrong-way driver were hurt after a crash on Interstate 71 near Mount Gilead Thursday morning.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened at about 2:40 a.m. near State Route 95 along the Richland County/Morrow County line.

A trooper was dispatched to locate a possible impaired driver reportedly in the area of milepost 155 on Interstate 71. The trooper was struck head-on by another vehicle traveling south in the northbound lanes.

Both vehicles caught fire.

A Good Samaritan stopped to help after the crash and was also hurt.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was taken to a hospital in Mansfield. The trooper and Good Samaritan were flown to hospitals in Columbus.

Interstate 71 is now open both ways.

The crash remains under investigation.

Patty Harken also reported that a medical helicopter was called to the scene. No information on victims was immediately available.


In a post on Facebook, Ohio Going Blue asked for “thoughts and prayers” for the trooper, but said they had no information on the trooper’s condition.

Stay with Fox 8 News and for updates on this developing story.

Data pix.
Google Map for coordinates 40.481002 by -82.741820.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.