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I-90 WB in Ashtabula County shut down after accident involving semi

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 19:38:18-04

A stretch of Interstate 90 westbound in Ashtabula County is shut down after a fatal crash involving a semi set the truck on fire. 

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, I-90 between State Route 11 to State Route 45 is closed after the accident involving a semi and a Chevy Colbalt. 

Ashtabula County Coroner's office has confirmed that one woman has died as a result of the crash, and two others were life-flighted to Cleveland area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

All three were passengers of the Chevy Colbalt that was traveling westbound when the semi truck traveling eastbound traveled over the median and struck the vehicle head on. 

The woman has been identified by Ashtabula County Coroner's office as a 74-year-old woman. For courtesy to the family we are not publishing her name.  

According to authorities, the names and the conditions of the other two passengers are not being released at this time. 

The semi continued to travel the wrong way down I- 90 westbound, striking a guard rail and eventually stopping and bursting into flames. 

Both the driver of the semi and a passenger escaped the truck without any injures. 

Authorities say the cause for why the semi driver lost control of the vehicle has yet to be determined. 

Motorists need to use an alternative route if traveling on I-90 westbound. The Ohio Department of Transportation said there is roughly a 30 minute delay due to this accident.