Patrol investigates fatal I-71 crash


Staff Report



MOUNT GILEAD — Troopers in Morrow County are investigating a crash that left a man dead.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 3:57 p.m., Sunday, a 2017 Buick Encore was traveling on I-71 in Perry Township, when the vehicle went off the left side of the vehicle, hit a cable barrier, returned to the roadway where it was struck by a semi-truck.

The Buick then spun in the roadway before striking a guardrail.

The OHP said a passenger in the Buick, James L. Woods, 57, of Cleveland, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

One other person received minor injuries and two were unharmed.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured. The investigation continues, but Woods was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Staff Report