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1 dead after crash involving semi, SUV on I-71 south of Columbus

The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-71 near I-270.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 71 involving a semi and an SUV on the south side.

The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-71 at the I-270 overpass in Jackson Township.

Witnesses to the crash told the Franklin County Sheriff's Office a person driving a Chevy Trailblazer failed to yield when attempting to merge onto I-71 southbound from the I-270 ramp and traveled into the path of a semi. The two vehicles then collided on the highway overpass.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. No other injuries were reported.

The southbound lanes of I-71 and the on-ramp from I-270 west are back open after being closed for several hours.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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