Trooper, driver critical after wrong-way crash on Interstate 71 in Morrow County

Trooper Jason Phillips (Ohio State Highway Patrol) | Crash photo (WBNS-10TV)

MORROW COUNTY – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that injured a trooper early Thursday morning.

Around 2:40 a.m., Trooper Jason Phillips was dispatched on the report of a possibly impaired driver on Interstate 71.

Phillips was traveling on I-71 northbound when he was struck head-on by a vehicle. Both vehicles caught fire.

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A Good Samaritan stopped to help after the crash and was also injured.

Phillips was flown to Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was taken to a hospital in Mansfield also in critical condition.

The Good Samaritan was also flown to Wexner Medical Center. Authorities said he was treated for a minor leg injury and released.

According to OHSP, further investigation determined the vehicle being driven by the wrong way driver is the same vehicle Trooper Phillips was dispatched to investigate.

The northbound lanes of I-71 have been reopened. The crash remains under investigation.