PLAIN CITY, Ohio (WCMH) — A fatal crash involving a semi-truck and an SUV closed of US 42 near Plain City for about three hours Friday.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 8:23am, troopers responded to US 42 in front of Tolles Technical School on the report of a crash.
Witnesses told troopers that an SUV traveling southbound collided with a northbound semi-truck.
Troopers said the SUV was being driven by 17-year-old Zachary George, of Plain City. George was taken to Doctor’s West Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
George, who was a student at Tolles Technical School, was the lone occupant of the SUV and was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to troopers.
According to the Tolles Technical School, George was a senior welding and technology student from Jonathan Alder High School.
Superintendent Kim Wilson released the following statement:
Zachary George was a second year student at Tolles Career & Technical Center enrolled in the Welding & Fabrication Technology program. He was a senior at Jonathan Alder High School. We are deeply saddened to learn of his death this morning and our thoughts and prayers are with this family during this difficult time.
Zachary will be dearly missed, and counselors will work closely with teachers to help all students through this time of grief.”
The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash.
According to troopers neither alcohol, drugs, weather nor road conditions appear to have played a role in the crash.
Troopers continue to investigate the crash.