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Southbound lanes of I-71 near US-62 reopened after deadly crash involving semi

The southbound lanes of I-71 were closed for several hours, but have since reopened as of Saturday morning.
Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One person has died and another is in critical condition after a crash involving a semi-truck on Interstate 71 just south of U.S. Route 62 in Franklin County, according to the sheriff's office.

The crash happened just before 3 p.m. on Friday. 

According to the sheriff's office, the semi-truck went off the road, hit a tree and rolled into a ditch.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

The southbound lanes of I-71 were closed for several hours, but have since reopened as of Saturday morning, according to the sheriff's office.