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71-year-old man killed in crash involving ODOT plow on I-71 in Medina County

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 14:36:00-05

CLEVELAND — A 71-year-old Cleveland man was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving an Ohio Department of Transportation plow truck on I-71 in Medina County Tuesday.

State troopers from the Medina Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded at 10:15 a.m. to a crash on I-71 northbound near State Route 83 in Harrisville Township in Medina County.

Troopers located a Toyota Tacoma and an ODOT plow truck in the left lane of I-71.

The driver of the Tacoma, identified as Joseph W. Wheeler, 71, of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers determined the plow truck was performing winter maintenance when it was struck from behind.

The driver of the ODOT plow truck was not injured.

In the news release, OSHP reminded drivers to maintain a safe distance between their vehicles and traffic ahead during snow-covered roadways.