OSHP Trooper, motorist who stopped to help injured after wrong-way crash in Morrow County

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MORROW COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, a wrong-way driver and a person who had stopped to help were all injured after a crash on I-71 in Morrow County. 

According to the OSHP, at about 2:40am, Thursday, a call was received of a possible impaired driver in the area of milepost 155 on I-71. OSHP Troooper Jason Phillips responded to the call and was struck head-on by another vehicle, being driven by Michael Marchak Jr., 36, traveling southbound in the northbound lanes, causing both vehicles to catch fire.  

Phillips was flown to a Columbus area hospital in critical condition. Marchak was taken to OhioHealth-MedCentral Hospital in critical condition.  

Troopers say the vehicle Phillips was dispatched to investigate was the one being driven by Marchak.

A person who had stopped to provide assistance after the crash, Kojo Tsiboe, 27, of Galloway, suffered a leg injury and was flown to a Columbus hospital.  

Northbound lanes of I-71 were closed for several hours after the crash but have since reopened.  

Troopers continue to investigate.  

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