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OSHP crusier struck while at crash involving deer near Ashland; officials say alcohol was factor

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 24, 2021

ASHLAND, Ohio — A motorist struck an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser that had just arrived on the scene of a crash involving another driver and a deer on U.S. 250 just north of Ashland, causing minor injuries to the trooper, OSHP stated in a news release.

The patrol cruiser was slowing to stop for the crash near Township Road 856 when it was struck from behind by a truck, OSHP said.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The trooper was transported to a local hospital and released with minor injuries.

OSHP officials said alcohol was a factor in the crash, and the driver of the truck was arrested for operating a vehicle impaired and charged with assured clear distance ahead. The driver’s blood alcohol content was over three times greater than the legal limit.

The crash remains under investigation.

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