Ohio State Highway Patrol car

MANSFIELD -- A 65-year-old Delaware, Ohio, man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday on I-71 at 2:24 p.m., according to the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash at mile post 159 in Perry Township closed all northbound lanes of I-71 in Richland County while the crash was investigated, troopers said.

The crash occurred when James Covrett, 65, of Delaware, Ohio, was outside of his vehicle, changing a tire on the disabled horse trailer he was hauling.

Also traveling with Covrett was Lisa Coder, 39, also of Delaware. While  Covrett was changing the tire, a 2006 red Peterbuilt semi driven by Paulo Dasilva, 67 of Newark, N.J., traveled off the right side of the road, striking the horse trailer and Covrett.

The semi continued across all three lanes of travel before coming to rest in the median.

Covrett was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner. Dasilva sustained no injuries as a result of the crash. Coder was outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash, but sustained no injuries.

Three horses occupied the trailer, but sustained no injuries from the crash, as well.

The crash remains under further investigation.

ODOT, Richland County Coroner’s office, Troy and Washington Twp. Fire and EMS, and Shelly Smith and Son’s Towing assisted at the scene. The road was closed during the initial investigation, but is now re-opened for travel.

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