Three people, including an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, were injured in an early morning crash near Mt. Gilead in Morrow County.
According to a release, at around 2:40 this morning, Trooper Jason Phillips was dispatched to locate a possible imparied driver reported to be on Intersate 71. His cruiser was struck head-on by another vehicle travelling south in the northbound lanes.
As a result of the crash, both vehicles caught on fire.
The driver of the car travelling in the wrong direction was identified as 36 year old Michael Marchak Jr., of Mansfield.
Trooper Phillips was flown to OSU Medical Center in Columbus and is listed in critical condition.
A Good Samaritan who stopped to provide assistance after the crash was injured and also flown to a Columbus hospital.
Marchak is listed in critical condition at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.
Further investigation has determined that the vehicle being driven by Marchak was the vehicle the troooper was dispatched to investigate.