Updated at 2:52 p.m.
Lt. Ron Williams, public information officer for the Tallmadge Police Department, identified the victim of the crash as William Roak Zeller, 42, of Kent.
The accident happened around 7:47 a.m. on Interstate 76 near the Southeast Avenue overpass in Tallmadge. Williams said Zeller was approaching congested traffic caused by a separate accident in Akron and was slowing down when he was struck from behind by a semi-truck.
Williams said Zeller was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
No other injuries were reported.
No charges have been filed against the truck driver.
Updated at 11:21 a.m.
Gary Guenther, chief investigator with the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, said the individual killed in the Interstate 76 accident this morning is a 42-year-old Kent man.
His name is being withheld until family members are notified.
Guenther said preliminary information indicates the man was stopped for traffic on the highway when a semi truck struck him from behind.
“Apparently he was westbound on 76. He slowed down for traffic that was slowing down in front of him, and a semi-tractor trailer was behind him and wasn’t able to stop,” Guenther said.
Updated at 10:36 a.m.
Interstate 76 westbound has reopened after a traffic accident with at least one confirmed fatality.
The ramp between S.R. 532 to I-76 westbound will remain closed until about 11 a.m.
Justin Chesnic, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 public information officer, said the highway was shut down between the Portage and Summit County lines a little after 8 a.m. Friday morning and will remain closed "for awhile."
He said there's at least one confirmed death from an accident involving a semi truck and an SUV.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Tallmadge Police are handling the accident.
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