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Patrol: Trooper, wrong-way driver injured in I-71 collision

June 27, 2019

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a trooper, a wrong-way driver who collided with the trooper’s vehicle and a person who stopped to help after the fiery crash were injured on Interstate 71 in Ohio.

The patrol’s Mount Gilead post says Trooper Jason Phillips responded to a call around 2:30 a.m. Thursday of a possible impaired driver on I-71 in Morrow County and was struck head-on by a vehicle that was going the wrong way. The patrol says both vehicles caught fire.

A patrol release says the vehicle traveling the wrong way was the one Phillips was dispatched to investigate

The patrol says Phillips and the wrong-way driver were hospitalized in critical condition. The person who stopped to help after the crash also was taken to a hospital with injuries.

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