1 dead after overnight crash on I-70 in Clark County

HARMONY TOWNSHIP — One person is dead after a crash on Westbound Interstate 70 in Harmony Township early Sunday morning.

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The Springfield post of Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to a single-car accident on I-70 near U.S. Route 40 around 1:40 a.m., according to a media release.

An initial investigation shows that a Ford F-150 was traveling went off the left side of the roadway, striking a guardrail and overturned down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its top.

Salmi Garcia-Francisco, 44, of Springfield was the driver and pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Ruel Sanchez-Perez, 27, of Springfield was a passenger and treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor, according to troopers.

A toxicology report has not been released by the coroner’s office.

The crash remains under investigation.

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