Speed, tires blamed in crash on I-70 East in Clark County that shut down lanes

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 8:52 PM
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 6:01 AM

I-70 east crash closes lanes

Speed, worn tires and failure to wear a seat belt were factors in the single-vehicle crash Thursday night on I-70 East that shut down the eastbound lanes about an hour, the state patrol said. 

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Michael Cornwell, of Springfield, was driving a Pontiac G6 north on I-675 just after 7 p.m. when he exited onto I-70 East and lost control of the vehicle while negotiating the curve on the ramp, according to a statement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield Post. 

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The car continued across all three lanes on 70 and slammed head-on into the concrete median wall. 

A trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol identified Cornwell as  a male in his 40s. The trooper said he may have suffered a head wound and was reportedly in serious condition. 

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The accident, reported sometime after 7 p.m., prompted the state patrol to shut down all eastbound lanes for a time. The right lane was reopened about 8:20 p.m., and all lanes were reopened just after 9 p.m.

Cornwell remained at Soin Medical Center late Thursday night.

Drugs and alcohol were not factors, according to the state patrol. 

The state patrol cited Cornwell for failing to control his vehicle.

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