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MARION -- A 38-year-old Mansfield woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in a highway construction zone Tuesday afternoon, according to troopers with the Marion Post of the State Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred on U.S. 23 in Pleasant Township at 3:48 p.m., troopers said.

A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Justin Walter, 34, of Marion, struck a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck and trailer, driven by Krista Cole, 38, of Mansfield, troopers said.

A preliminary investigation indicated Walter was southbound on U.S. 23. Cole was traveling northbound on U.S. 23, in the right lane of U.S. 23 southbound in a construction zone. Cole and crew were picking up construction cones while displaying overhead flashing lights in the closed right lane.

Walter drove into the closed right lane and struck the construction truck head on, troopers said.

Walter had four occupants at the time of the crash, Megan M. Spencer, 27, Christopher L. Nelson, 31, Summer C. J. Collins, 20 and an infant child.

Walter was transported by First Consolidated F.D. to Marion General Hospital, then by Med Flight to Grant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Spencer and Collins were airlifted from the scene to Grant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Nelson was airlifted from the scene to OSU Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Nelson and Collins were not wearing seat belts at the time of crash, troopers said.

Cole had one passenger in the trailer, Amber R. Cosier, 24. Cole sustained minor injuries. Cosier did not sustain any injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Department of Transportation, Marion Township Fire Department, Fort Morrow Fire Department, 1st Consolidated EMS, Pleasant Township EMS, Marion City EMS, Mike’s Fredericktown Towing and recovery and Ed’s Towing.

This crash remains under investigation, troopers said.

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