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Officials piecing together what happened at Harrison fatal crash site

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 05:39 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio - Crews worked all day Wednesday to clean up the site of a truck accident in Harrison County that occurred around 7:30 Wednesday morning, claiming the lives of two people and sending another to a hospital.
The two-vehicle crash involved a pickup truck hauling a backhoe and an empty semi-truck. They collided along U.S. 250, right at State Route 646.  
"The semi was making a left turn onto State Route 646," said trooper Ed Weigand of the Ohio State Highway Patrol after eyewitness statements were collected. "As it made its turn, the pickup came up behind it and swung out to avoid the semi, and it went off of the left edge of the roadway into (Tappan Lake)."
It's believed the two people in the pickup were dead when emergency crews arrived on scene. The driver of the empty semi-cab was transported to an area hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The names of the victims killed in the crash have not yet been released.
As of 3 p.m., after hours of painstaking work, crews were still working to re-open the roadway to traffic, but had removed both the semi and the pickup truck from the water. With heavy equipment on board, it complicated rescue crews attempts to clear the wreckage.
"The one unit was hauling an excavator, and it was on top of the pickup truck that was pulling it and they had to get it off of there over the top of the cab," Weigand said.
An aviation unit was called in to get aerial views of the crash site.

Officials piecing together what happened at Harrison fatal crash site


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