Troy man, woman identified as victims of fatal crash on Ohio 235 in Champaign County

News Center 7 learned Tuesday afternoon that two people from Troy were killed when the van they were in collided with a semi.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY — UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.: 

A Troy man and woman were killed in a crash on Ohio 235 in Champaign County Tuesday morning, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

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The driver of the van, identified Andrew E. Gee, 36, and passenger, Rashelle Karr, 38, were both ejected from the van and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said the van, driven by Gee, ran a stop sign at the intersection of Old Troy Pike and Ohio 235 around 9 a.m. Tuesday. The van crashed into the trailer of the semi, driven by Edgar Lowe, 51, of Mechanicsburg.

Lowe was transported to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Both Gee and Karr were not wearing seat belts when the crash occurred, deputies said.

Signage on the work van indicated the van belonged to Liberty Services Inc., a kitchen exhaust and hood cleaning service.

Additional details were not available.

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m.: 

A man and a woman, both in a work van, were killed after crashing into a semitrailer on Ohio 235 near Christiansburg in Champaign County Tuesday morning.

Fire officials said the van was traveling west on Old Troy Pike and ran a stop sign, crashing into the semi, which was traveling south on Ohio 235 around 9 a.m.

Both the man and the woman were not wearing seat belts and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

The semitrailer driver, who was also not wearing a seat belt, has been treated and released from an area hospital, a Christiansburg Fire official said.

The identities of the victims have not been released, pending notification of family.

The intersection of Ohio 235 and Old Troy Pike is expected to be blocked until at least 2 p.m., according to officials.

We’ll continue to update this story as new details become available.

Heavy rain was a likely factor in a number of crashes Tuesday morning.

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been killed in a crash at Ohio 235 and Old Troy Pike near Christiansburg, Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin said.

The crash was reported around 9 a.m. and involved a van and a semi.

Deputies have closed the road in the area for an extended period of time, while an investigation is conducted.

Identities of the victims involved have not been released pending notification of family, Melvin said.