2 die in early morning I-71 crash; others seriously injured

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WILMINGTON – One adult and one child were killed in an accident early Monday morning on Interstate 71 in Clinton County.

Troopers from the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating the crash that occurred at 12:02 a.m. on I-71 southbound near State Route 73.

A 2015 Freightliner semi-truck, operated by Roman Perez, 33, of Orlando, Florida, was parked on the right berm of I-71 with mechanical issues. A 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by 46-year-old Charles Paul Jr. of Bauxite, Arkansas was southbound when it went onto the right berm and struck the trailer of the commercial vehicle, according to the OSHP.

Both rear passengers of the Chrysler — 58-year-old Edward Priest and 12-year-old Charles Paul, both of Bauxite, Arkansas, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Charles Paul Jr. was flown to Kettering Medical Center by CareFlight with serious injuries. The right front passenger of the Chrysler, a female juvenile, age 11, was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital by MedFlight with serious injuries.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 71 were closed for approximately four hours. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Chester Township Fire Department and the Wilmington Fire Department.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Patrol would like to remind drivers to encourage all passengers to wear their seat belts.


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