December 19, 2014

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One man dead, boy injured in I-71 crash

WESTFIELD TWP. — A Granville man died and his son was injured Monday after a sport utility vehicle he was driving with an attached camper overturned on Interstate 71 south, closing the highway and backing up Memorial Day traffic for several miles.

A Highway Patrol trooper investigates the damage to a GMC Yukon that disconnected from a camper and rolled off the left side of Interstate 71 south in Westfield Township on Monday afternoon. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

A Highway Patrol trooper investigates the damage to a GMC Yukon that disconnected from a camper and rolled off the left side of Interstate 71 south in Westfield Township on Monday afternoon. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Sgt. Tina Jackson of the Ohio Highway Patrol said Arthur Lowell died after he lost control of the GMC Yukon he was driving near the 205 mile marker, swerving through all three lanes before rolling off the left side of the roadway.

Jackson said the SUV and camper did not strike any passing vehicles. The SUV came to rest in the grass median after the trailer disconnected as a result of the accident and remained on its side in the left lane of the road.

Lowell was flown to Lodi Community Hospital.

Dillion Lowell, 14, a passenger in the SUV, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lodi, Jackson said. Information on Dillion’s condition was unavailable Monday night.

Jackson said the interstate was shut down for the helicopter to land on the road. After the helicopter left, traffic was routed past the accident on the right shoulder.

All three lanes of the interstate were reopened by 8:46 p.m., a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation said.

The accident is under investigation, Jackson said, and it is not known if alcohol was a factor.

She said both Lowells were wearing seat belts.

Units responded from Westfield, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.