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Authorities release name of I-71 crash victim

Carolyn Merry, 63, of Hilliard, pronounced dead at scene

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The identify of the person who died Tuesday in a crash on Interstate 71 in Madison County has been released.


Carolyn Merry, 63, of Hilliard, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


A call came in to the patrol at 4:05 p.m. alerting officials to a three-vehicle crash near the Madison-Pickaway county line involving two semi-trucks and a passenger vehicle.


Andrian Rogers, 40, of Little Rock, Ark., was driving northbound in a semi-truck. Rogers failed to stop for traffic, which was backed up from an earlier crash, according to OSP. The semi-truck struck the rear of a Honda CR-V and a second semi-truck.


Rogers’ semi-truck then traveled off the right side of the roadway and turned over onto its right side. He did not receive any injuries.


The CR-V was being driven by Merry. She sustained fatal injuries as a result of the impact, authorities said.


The second semi-truck was being driven by William Clark Bell Jr., 50, of Edenton, N.C. Bell was not injured.


Possible charges are pending, according to the patrol.


All three drivers were wearing seat belts.


The accident closed down the northbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 87 at about 4:30 p.m. One lane of traffic reopened at approximately 5:30 p.m. Another lane remained closed throughout the evening hours as wreckers cleared the scene. Both lanes were reopened overnight.


The location of the accident is about three miles north of the state Route 56 exit.


The West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County Fire Department, Sterling Joint EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Madison County Coroner responded to the scene.


The crash remains under investigation.

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