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UPDATE: Parkersburg man dies after Route 7 crash last week

WTAP News @ 5 - Dispatch: One taken to hospital "with life-threatening injuries" after crash
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 10:14 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) -

UPDATE: 6/1/21

A man involved in a crash on Route 7 late week has died.

According to the Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Patrick Richards ,34, of Parkersburg died at Ruby Memorial Hospital following a crash on Route 7 North.

Authorities’ say that Richards was driving down Route 7 southbound, when he tried to avoid rear ending a semi by swerving into the median. Richards’ vehicle then crossed into the northbound lane of Route 7 and struck a semi-truck head-on.

Troopers with the Highway Patrol say that Richards was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark before being transported to Ruby.

They also said that they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

UPDATE: 5/27/21

Patrick Richards, 34, of Parkersburg, is battling life-threatening injuries following a crash on Route 7 northbound early Thursday morning.

According to the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Richards was driving down Route 7 southbound, when he tried to avoid traffic and swerved into the median. Richards’ vehicle crossed into the northbound lane of Route 7 and struck a semi-truck head-on.

Richards was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark, before being transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The driver of the semi-truck had no reported injuries.

Traffic has returned to Route 7 as per usual.

Original Story: A dispatcher with the Cambridge post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says that one person was transported to WVU Medicine Camden Clark with life-threatening injuries following a crash on Route 7 northbound.

Dispatch got the call just before 8:15 Thursday morning involving a semi and a Chevy Cruze.

A portion of Route 7 North is currently closed to traffic, which is being diverted to Joe Skinner Road.

Dispatch with the Highway Patrol was not sure how long the road will be closed.

The cause of the crash and details about the person who was transported are unknown at this time.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Dunham Township Fire, Belpre Fire, Portsmouth Ambulance Service and the Ohio Department of Transportation responded to the scene.

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