RICHLAND COUNTY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal vehicle fire that happened on I-71 late Saturday afternoon.
The vehicle was heading northbound when it caught fire around 4:20 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the car hit a guard rail after pulling to the shoulder, and became fully engulfed in flames.
Two men, ages 19 and 20, from Columbus were inside the vehicle at the time. The 19-year-old could not get out of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 20-year-old was not hurt.
It’s not yet clear what caused the fire or the crash.
Northbound lanes of I-71 were partially closed for two hours.The incident remains under investigation.