Authorities say both drivers killed in wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 in southwest Ohio


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Both drivers were killed in an early-morning wrong-way accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in southwest Ohio.

Troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol say each driver involved in the collision near Springfield was riding alone. Both were pronounced dead at the scene this morning.

State police say the wrong-way driver was 24-year-old Francois Hagenimana of Kettering. The other driver was 28-year-old Jason Fricke of Westerville.

Several 911 calls were received before the crash with drivers reporting a wrong-way driver on the interstate.

After the initial impact, each vehicle veered right, sending one car into the wire barricade and the second into a grassy embankment.

According to the Springfield News-Sun, part of the highway was closed for three hours and reopened by 7 a.m.