COLUMBUS (WCMH) — I-71 has reopened after it was closed for several hours in both directions following a fatal crash early Thursday morning.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, an unidentified female was driving her vehicle northbound on I-71, south of Morse Road when she traveled off the right side of the highway and entered the grass.
Police say the female struck two, side-by-side utility poles which were installed near a tree line approximately 78 feet away from the edge of the pavement.
The crash went undiscovered until 3:50 a.m. when utility workers, investigating the cause of a power outage found the crash site.
The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The female’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
I-71NB was closed for several hours, while police investigated but has since reopened. After the morning rush hour, I-71SB was also closed so AEP crews could repair the broken utility poles, but it too has been reopened.
Police continue to investigate the crash.