UPDATE: 5:30 P.M. June 24, 2021: The Ohio State Highway Patrol is releasing more details on a deadly crash involving three tractor-trailers in Jackson County, Ohio.
According to the OSHP, troopers were dispatched to the scene around 9:08 a.m. on Route 35 at Caves Road north of Jackson. Troopers say a semi was traveling West on Route 35 when it attempted to slow down for a vehicle that was turning right onto Caves Road.
The OSHP says a second semi also traveling west then reportedly struck the left-rear side of the first tractor-trailer. A third semi then reportedly struck the rear of the second semi.
According to the OSHP, the passenger in the second semi, identified as Robert Martinez, 38, of Battle Creek, Michigan, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner. The driver of that tractor-trailer, identified by OSHP as Gregory Goodman, 56, of Okemos, Michigan, was taken to a medical center by helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver and the passenger of the third tractor-trailer were treated at the scene and refused to be transported.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they are reminding drivers to make sure they maintain a clear distance around them while traveling.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. June 24, 2021: Officials say Route 35 in Jackson County, Ohio, has now reopened following a fatal crash involving three tractor-trailers.
UPDATE 2:20 P.M., June 24, 2021: One person is dead and another has been flown to a hospital following a multi-vehicle crash involving three tractor-trailers in Jackson County, Ohio.
According to officials, a third person was treated for injuries on the scene and stayed at the crash site. Two other people involved were uninjured.
Crews are currently working to clean up the wreckage and it’s expected to take about an hour before the road is reopened.
The investigation into the crash is still on going. Authorities tell 13 News that at this time they believe a fourth, smaller vehicle may have been involved in the cause of the crash.
JACKSON, COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – A crash has shut down a portion of Route 35 in Jackson County, Ohio.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash involves three tractor-trailer trucks. It happened near Caves Road just north of Jackson.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the westbound lanes are expected to remain closed for several hours and the eastbound lanes are tentatively expected to reopen in a couple of hours.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story as it develops.