Wrong-way driver crash on I-71 leaves two dead, one injured

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two people are dead and a third person is in the hospital after a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 71 in Columbus.

Columbus police say that Christopher Hughes, 42, of Columbus was headed north in the southbound lanes of I-71 north between the East 17th Avenue and Hudson Street exits about 3:15 a.m. Monday when his 2012 Subaru Outback collided head-on with a 2010 Honda CRV driven by Curtis Thompson, 53, of Columbus.

Police and fire units responded to the scene, where Thompson was pronounced dead. Hughes was taken to Grant Medical Center, where he died of his injuries shortly after 6 a.m. A 51-year-old passenger in Thompson’s car was also taken to Grant, where she was listed in stable condition.

The accident remains under investigation.

I-71 southbound was closed for several hours while police investigated, but has since reopened.

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