Officials identify two killed in accident on I-71; all lanes have reopened

FRANKLIN CO, OH (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says two people are dead following an accident on Interstate 71 in southwestern Franklin County.

The accident happened on I-71 north at US-62 around 6am Sunday. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Marc Gofstein said a semi-truck was traveling north when the truck struck a stationary SUV.

All lanes of I-71 are back open.

According to a press release from the FCSO, the SUV “was entering the traffic lane on I-71 northbound from the right side berm and was struck on the left rear by the semi that was also traveling northbound.”

The semi lost control, over-corrected, went off the roadway to the right, and struck the guardrail. Both occupants were ejected.

The semi-truck had two occupants, 41-year-old James Ross of Joelton, TN and 22-year-old Skyler Davis of Russellville, KY. Both occupants have been pronounced dead.

Five people were in the SUV. Gofstein said that despite initial reports of severe injuries, all five occupants appear to be fine.

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