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Construction workers hit and injured while working in construction zone on I-71 in Richland County

Posted: 11:32 AM, Aug 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-29 21:48:04-04
Ashland County crash. Credit: Ashland County Pictures
Ashland County crash. Credit: Ashland County Pictures
Ashland County crash. Credit: Ashland County Pictures
Ashland County crash. Credit: Ashland County Pictures
Ashland County crash. Credit: Ashland County Pictures
Ashland County crash. Credit: Ashland County Pictures

MANSFIELD, Ohio — Several construction workers were injured while working on I-71 in Richland County Wednesday night, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., a construction crew from A&A Safety were on the back of a cone truck setting up a work zone when a pickup truck, driven by a 44-year-old man from Texas, struck the cone truck in which the construction workers were sitting. Two construction workers, one from Goshen, Ohio and the other from Cincinnati, were on the back of the cone truck when the Texas driver hit their truck.

At around the same time, a passing commercial vehicle then struck the pickup truck.

A third contractor, a 57-year-old man from Shelby, was standing outside of his vehicle in the construction zone when he was also hit.

The construction workers who were hit were transported by EMS with non-life-threatening injuries.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 71 were shut down for four hours before one lane could be reopened to traffic.

The crash remains under investigation. Authorities did not release any details about whether charges will be filed against the drivers.

Photos courtesy Ashland County Pictures on Facebook.