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Police identify 2 men killed in wrong-way crash on I-71 south in north Columbus

Two men were killed and another person was injured in a wrong-way on Interstate 71 in north Columbus early Monday morning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two men were killed and another person was injured in a wrong-way on Interstate 71 in north Columbus early Monday morning.

According to Columbus police, at approximately 3:15 a.m. 42-year-old Christopher Hughes, of Columbus, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-71 when he collided with another vehicle head-on. 

The driver of the other vehicle, identified by police as 53-year-old Curtis Thompson, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A passenger in that vehicle was taken to Grant Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Hughes was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly after 6 a.m.

I-71 was closed between Hudson Avenue and E. 17th Avenue for several hours but has since reopened. 

The crash remains under investigation.