UPDATE (5:04 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22): The Ironton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of two drivers killed in a crash on State Route 7 this morning.

The crash happened around 5:50 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 when a pickup truck went left of center striking a semi-truck, troopers say. OSHP says due to the high impact of the head-on collision, both drivers were killed in the crash.

According to OSHP, Nathan Colburn, 24, of Crown City, Ohio, was driving the pick-up truck northbound. OSHP says through the investigation, the driver of the southbound semi-truck, identified as David Lambert, 49, also of Crown City, attempted to take evasive action to avoid the crash, but was unable to avoid impact.

OSHP says both vehicles ended off the west side of the Route 7. Troopers say both Colburn and Lambert sustained life-threatening injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say neither driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

According to the OSHP, the tanker trailer the semi-truck was hauling lost approximately five-10 gallons of fuel.

The Ohio Department of Transportation, Proctorville Fire Department, Rome Township Fire Department, Marathon Refinery Fire Department, Lawrence County Hazmat, Lawrence County EMS and the EPA assisted the OSHP at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE (4:21 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22): The Ohio State Highway Patrol is releasing more information on a deadly crash this morning on Route 7 in Lawrence County.

According to OSHP, the pickup truck allegedly went left of center striking the semi-truck. Officials say the overall weight of the tank on the semi and the two vehicles colliding head-on created a greater impact when the vehicles crashed.

The two drivers were both killed in the crash. They were the only people involved, authorities say. Their names have not been released at this time.

According to OSHP, the EPA is on scene to assess possible environmental impact from the crash. Crews are still cleaning up the scene.

UPDATE (11:41 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22): According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, both drivers were killed in a crash between a pickup truck and a semi-truck.

They also say that ODOT is setting up a detour in the area.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, OH (WOWK)—Rt. 7 in the Athalia area of Lawrence County, Ohio is closed due to a crash on Thursday morning.

Lawrence County dispatch says that two vehicles were involved in the crash at 5:51 this morning.

There is no word yet on injuries, but Ohio State Highway Patrol is on the scene along with fire crews and medics.

Dispatch says it could be hours before the road will reopen.