COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – One person is dead after an overnight head-on collision, causing a major highway closure Friday morning.
Francisco Santillan-Trujillo was driving eastbound on Interstate 70 in the westbound lanes when his 2012 Honda Civic struck Larry Gatton’s Dublin Police cruiser head-on at around 1:40 a.m. Friday morning. The accident occurred on I-70 West near Mound Street and caused I-70 westbound to close between the I70-71 split and State Route 315.
A crew from the Columbus Fire Department pronounced Santillan-Trujillo dead at the scene at around 1:50 a.m. while Gatton was taken to Grant Hospital in stable condition with a lower right leg injury. Gatton has been with Dublin police since 2017 after serving with the Marion Police Department.
The highway reopened at 5:35 a.m.