Trooper’s Dash Cam Captures Tragic Big Rig vs. SUV Crash During Traffic Stop
Ashland, OH – Dash cam video has been released of a tragic accident that occurred last week in Northern Ohio between a semi-truck and a SUV that killed four people and injured four more.
A graphic video released by the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) reveals the final moments leading up to a multiple fatality accident between a big rig and a Saturn Outlook on Interstate 71, south of Ashland.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol (OHP), the incident took place near I-71 around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
Initial reports of the accident state a semi-truck “tipped over onto” an SUV, causing the fatalities, but dash cam footage reveals something quite different.
The video released by OHP begins with the SUV, traveling southbound in the middle lane, being pulled over for allegedly speeding.
While the officer pulls over and stops on the shoulder, the SUV comes to rest in the right-hand lane of the highway near mile marker 184.
“Pull off the road, pull off the road!” the unidentified OHP trooper can be heard telling the SUV via loudspeaker.
The SUV remains stationary in the right-hand lane, and the trooper once again offers a prompt to the vehicle’s driver.
“Go onto the shoulder… the right shoulder,” the trooper urges.
The SUV begins to move slightly, and within seconds, a tractor-trailer comes into view of the officer’s dash cam, slamming into the back of the SUV.
The semi, which seems to be traveling at full speed, pushes the SUV forward and both vehicles propel forward before exiting the interstate on the right side of the roadway.
Both vehicles ultimately come to rest in the tree line.
The officer can immediately be heard calling for backup and an ambulance to the scene as he pulls his patrol car closer to where the semi and SUV came to rest.
The trooper then gets out of his vehicle and runs towards the tree line with a flashlight illuminating his way.
According to officials, there were seven occupants in the SUV.
Four of them died at the scene.
The remaining three were airlifted to an area hospital with what were described as “non-life threatening injuries.”
The driver of the truck, 54-year-old Charles Hunt of Van Buren, IN, was also treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injures.
The names of the deceased have yet to be released; however, Sargent Ray Santiago said the travelers were from out of state.
Additionally, Sgt. Santiago also noted that multiple passengers inside the SUV were under the age of 18.
While not all were family members, Sgt. Santiago confirmed some of the SUV’s occupants were related.
As of publishing, no charges have been filed.
The crash remains under investigation.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow the developments of this story.
WATCH the dash cam footage below. WARNING: Viewer Discretion Advised