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2 dead following crash involving 2 trucks on I-71 in Wayne County

A box truck apparently slammed into a semi early Sunday morning.
Credit: 10TV WBNS

CONGRESS, Ohio — Two people are dead following a crash early Sunday morning in Wayne County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a semi-truck originally pulled over on Interstate 71 north in Congress after hitting a deer around 12:30 a.m. Moments later, a box truck being driven by a 28-year-old Trumbull County man drove onto the right berm and slammed into the semi.

The box truck driver was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but his two passengers -- 21-year-old Christopher Ryan Fox of Youngstown and 30-year-old Nicholas Paul Holmes of Girard -- died from their injuries at the scene. The driver of the semi, a 26-year-old man from Queens, New York City, was not hurt and remained at the scene.

It is unknown what other factors may have played a role in the crash, but no charges have been filed at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

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