Wayne County recorded two fatalities following a traffic accident involving two men from Youngstown. The Wayne County accident, which involved two commercial trucks, occurred during the early hours of Sunday, October 24th. The primary cause of the crash was not immediately available.
According to troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 3:30 a.m., a 26-year-old man from New York drove a semi-truck. The man stopped on the northbound lane of Interstate Route 71 on the right berm after hitting a deer. Simultaneously, a 2011 Isuzu NPR box truck driven by a 28-year-old Brookfield resident traveled on the northbound lane.
The box truck then drove onto the right berm and collided with the disabled semi-truck. The box truck’s driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at Akron General Hospital. Two passengers in the truck, identified as Nicholas Holmes, 30, of Girard, and 21-year-old Christopher Fox of Youngstown, died at the scene.
The semi-truck driver was uninjured. However, the crash led to Interstate Route 71 near milepost 195 closure for about two hours. The state police were assisted by West Salem Town and Country Fire and EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.
It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol played a role in the Wayne County accident. The investigation remains active.
Truck accidents are one of the most common types of road traffic collisions. They happen for several reasons ranging from drowsy driving, speeding, drunk driving, inattentive driving, etc. When truck accidents happen, there are different possible liable parties. It means that the truck driver may not always be the at-fault party.
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