November 22, 2014

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Police: Lorain man dies in wrong-way crash

A Lorain man died Saturday from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident in which Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said he was driving the wrong way on a major interstate.

Charles Bennington, 65, was driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at 3:25 a.m. Saturday when the accident happened, said Sgt. Don Britton, of the St. Clairsville post of the Highway Patrol. Troopers were responding to the area after receiving a call from a motorist that a car was heading the wrong way on the interstate.

A few minutes later, more calls came in to 911, however this time to alert troopers to the accident.

Britton said Bennington was out of control as he drove down the highway. First, his minivan sideswiped the trailer of a tractor-trailer and then, Britton said, Bennington spun into the path of a second tractor-trailer, hitting it in the left front of the cab.

A third tractor-trailer was hit by flying debris and damaged.

Bennington, who was traveling alone, was rushed by ambulance to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.Va., where he was later pronounced dead.

Britton said troopers are investigating how long Bennington was heading the wrong way.

“Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash,” Britton said. “We are awaiting test results. There are few wrong way accidents on I-70. It’s a major interstate highway that runs east to west in Ohio and all the on-ramps and off-ramps are clearly marked.”

Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6268 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.