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Injured man found 2 days after fatal car crash on Ohio interstate

By Lee Morrison, GateHouse Ohio Media Published: June 20, 2017 10:41 AM


STONE CREEK — A seriously wounded man was found alive at the scene two days after a car crash in a secluded area on Interstate 77 in eastern Ohio, a crash that apparently killed another man but went unnoticed.

Both men were ejected from their vehicle along I-77 about two miles south of Stone Creek on Wednesday. They were not found until Friday, according to troopers with the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The survivor, a 25-year-old man from the Cleveland area, was flown by helicopter to Akron General Medical Center, state troopers said. He had leg and arm injuries.

The crash might have occurred at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to what the survivor told troopers, but it went unreported until about 11 a.m. Friday, state troopers said. The men and vehicle were discovered by property owners whose land is directly adjacent to the highway right-of-way.

The vehicle was southbound on I-77 and abruptly went off the right side of the road, overturning several times, with both occupants being ejected. The vehicle continued down an embankment and came to rest in a heavily wooded area and was not visible from I-77.

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A 48-year-old Elyria man who was apparently thrown from the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The body of the man who was dead at the scene has been released to the Tuscarawas County coroner.
State troopers continue to investigate the crash.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this story.


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