MANSFIELD – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an injury crash that occurred Wednesday night at 9:04 p.m. on northbound Interstate 71, near mile post 173.
The crash closed all three lanes of northbound I-71 for a few hours, leading to a detour and miles of backed-up traffic in the Mansfield area, according to the Mansfield Post.
Motorists were detoured off I-71 at Ohio 39 north through Mansfield to U.S. 30, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
According to state troopers, a construction crew from A&A Safety was on the back of a cone truck, setting up a work zone, when a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck driven by Ricky Arenal, 44 of Dallas, Texas, struck their 2009 GMC pickup, being by Britt Thacker, 49 of Middletown, Ohio.
A passing 2005 Volvo commercial vehicle driven by Sergey Kovalenko, 48, of Venice, Fla., then struck the construction pickup truck.
Two construction workers, Anthony Ziggas, Jr., 28 of Goshen, Ohio, and Jacob Giovanetti, 22 of Cincinnati, were on the back of the cone truck when it was struck by Arenal.
Another contractor, Gregory Vogt, 57, of Shelby, Ohio, was standing outside of his vehicle at the time of the crash when he was also struck.
All injured persons were transported by EMS with non-life threatening injuries. The press release from the patrol does not indicate which of those involved in the crash were injured.
Madison Township Fire and EMS, Mifflin Township Fire, EMS, OSP Reconstruction, OHSP Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspectors, and ODOT responded to the scene to assist.
A detour was established to reroute traffic from the northbound lanes due to all three northbound lanes being closed. The closure lasted approximately four hours before at least one lane could be opened.
The crash remains under investigation.