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SUV forced under semi trailer following collision

• Apr 15, 2018 at 12:44 AM

MANSFIELD — Two people sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Richland County.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic accident that occurred at 12:48 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 30 at Interstate 71.

A 1997 Peterbilt semi tractor towing a flat bed trailer loaded with steel beams exited I-71 north to U.S. 30 and then failed to stop at U.S. 30, leading to a collision with an eastbound 2008 Ford SUV towing a utility trailer, troopers said. The impact forced the SUV underneath the semi trailer.

Both occupants in the SUV were trapped, and had to be extradited by Mifflin Fire and EMS. Shelly Smith & Sons LTD towing company assisted in freeing the vehicles to remove the occupants.

The driver, Bradley Abell, 28, and his passenger, Jessica Connell, 24, of Stevensville, Md., were transported to Ohio Heath Mansfield with serious injuries, troopers said.

The semi driver, Kenneth Sexton, 40, of Mansfield, was not injured, troopers said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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