UPDATE: Names of victims released in rollover crash
The names of the victims from a rollover crash on U.S. 35 in Jackson Township have been released.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says William Copeland, 55, of Mayfield, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Troopers say Craig Burgess, 54, also of Mayfield, has life-threatening injuries.
The crash happened about 2:40 p.m. near the intersection of Bronx Corner Road.
Troopers say the driver was heading eastbound and swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle. The truck drove into the grass median and the driver overcorrected. After rolling multiple times, the truck finally crashed.
Both victims were thrown from the truck. Burgess was flown to Grant Hospital.
Several departments assisted at the crash scene including the Jackson Township Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Jackson County EMS.
Investigators say neither men were wearing seat belts. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, but it is still under investigation.
One person died Friday in a rollover crash on U.S. 35 near the intersection of Bronx Corner Road in Jackson Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says.
Another person suffered life-threatening injuries.
The crash happened about 2:40 p.m. when an eastbound Ford F-150 truck went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, then went into the grass median of U.S. 35 and overcorrected again.
Both occupants were ejected when the truck overturned and rolled multiple times. It came to rest partly in the passing lane of U.S. 35 East.
The person who died was pronounced dead at Holzer Medical Center of Jackson. The other person was flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus with life-threatening injuries.
U.S. 35 East was closed about 30 minutes during the cleanup and investigation. The westbound side also was closed for a short time to allow medical helicopters to land.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor, troopers say. No names are being released at this time.