1 Dead In Ross County Crash


UPDATED: Tuesday May 21, 2013 10:50 AM

The southbound lanes of U.S. Route 23 at Orr Road in Ross County were closed Monday night because of a crash.

According to the Chillicothe post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, one person was killed in the crash.

According to OSP officials, Matthew S. Barnhart, 44, of Chillicothe, was traveling south on U.S. 23 in a semi hauling a track-hoe. Barnhart pulled onto U.S. 23, when a vehicle driven by Larry E. Ritchart Jr., 47, of Chllicothe, struck the rear of Barnhart's trailer.

Ritchart's passenger, Brent R. Smith, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other drivers and passengers were not injured.

No one else was injured in the crash.

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