3 hospitalized after SUV crashes into semi-truck on I-71S near Ashland

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MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Troopers are investigating a crash on Interstate-71 southbound that sent three people to local hospitals Friday morning.

Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred around 11:47 a.m. when a the 21-year-old driver of a Hyundai Sante Fe lost control of the vehicle, went off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier.

Police sources told the FOX 8 I-TEAM that it appeared the Sante Fe had hydroplaned on wet pavement.

The Sante Fe then came back onto the interstate and was struck by a Freightliner Semi Truck.

The 21-year-old was transported to Mansfield Med Central Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  She had a passenger in her vehicle who was also transported to the hospital. This person suffered serious injuries.

The driver of the semi truck, a 55-year-old man, was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries.

Ashland Sheriff Chief Deputy Carl Richert said an off-duty Columbus firefighter was driving northbound on I-71 and saw the crash. The firefighter came over to the scene and started life saving techniques to help those injured.

I-71 southbound was closed for approximately two hours.  It has since reopened.

The Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the crash. The sheriff’s office assisted.

The crash is still currently under investigation.

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