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UPDATE: Ritchie County man dies after collision with semi

Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 10:20 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2020 at 12:24 PM EDT
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NEWPORT, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/24/20

A Ritchie County man died Monday morning after his SUV collided with a semi truck on State Route 7 in Washington County, authorities said.

Van Grose, 66, of Ellenboro, died after the crash that happened about 10 a.m. south of Newport, near milepost 34.

According to the Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Grose was driving a GMC Acadia south on Route 7 when he went left of center and collided with a Freightliner semi. He was trapped inside the SVU after the crash.

The semi, which did not have a trailer, caught fire, but the driver, Joseph Sellers, 33, of Pennsboro, was able to get out safely.

Route 7 was closed for about an hour before one lane was reopened. The highway was then shut down again for a short time while authorities continued to investigate the crash.

Fire departments from Newport, St. Marys and Reno responded to the crash, along with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the highway patrol.

NEWPORT, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/24/20 2:20 P.M.

The Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported that Route 7 between Sheets Run and Orchard roads south of Newport is once again fully closed.

While one lane of the highway was temporarily reopened after having been closed following a crash that involved a semi and an SUV that collided Monday morning, investigators on the scene and deemed it necessary to close all lanes during the investigation.

WTAP will continue to provide updates as additional details become available.

NEWPORT, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/24/20 12:25 P.M.

A section of State Route 7 in Washington County has reopened after a semi and an SUV collided Monday morning.

One lane of the highway between Sheets Run and Orchard roads south of Newport reopened about 11:15 a.m., according the Ohio Department of Transportation Distict 10 office in Marietta.

The crash, which resulted in the SUV driver being flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, happened about 10 a.m.

The Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

UPDATE: 8/24/20 11:10 P.M.

The driver of an SUV injured in a crash with a semi that shut down Route 7 Monday morning was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The driver of the semi, which caught fire after the crash, was not injured.

According to the Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the SUV driver was traveling south about two miles south of Newport when his vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and hit the semi.

The crash happened about 10 a.m.

We will have updates online and during WTAP News.

Ohio Route 7 near Newport, Ohio, is closed in both directions because of a crash involving a semi that caught fire and another vehicle, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The semi was not hauling a trailer, and one person was trapped in the other vehicle after the crash, which happened about 10 a.m. about two miles south of Newport, the Patrol said.

We have a reporter headed to the scene and will have updates online and during WTAP News.

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