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Driver dies in fiery I-77 crash in Copley Township

Authorities say the crash involved a 21-year-old driver who was behind the wheel of a 2010 Nissan Altima.
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AKRON, Ohio — A 21-year-old from Akron has died following an evening crash on I-77 in Copley Township.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol say it happened at 8 p.m. Thursday near mile post 133.

Katelyn Bailey was driving a 2010 Nissan Altima northbound on I-77 when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail, authorities said in a press release early Friday morning. The Nissan then traveled back across I-77 and struck the concrete median barrier.

The vehicle then caught fire, authorities said. Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Multiple agencies assisted at the scene, including police and fire departments from both Copley and Fairlawn.

No additional details were immediately available, but we will update this story if any more information is released.

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