One dead following early morning crash on State Route 7

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio – One person has died as a result of two vehicle crash on State Route 7 near Tuppers Plains.

According to a statement from the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2018 Nissan Sentra was traveling South on State Route 7 and driven by Dylan L. Wilkes, 25, of Elon, North Carolina when Wilkes went left of center striking a 2001 Freightliner driven by Marion L. Lovejoy, 64, of Hurricane, West Virginia. Wilkes struck Lovejoy’s left rear trailer axles. Wilkes had a passenger, Elizabeth Hursey, 18, of Elon, North Carolina. Hursey died as a result of the crash. Wilkens was transported airlifted to Grant Medical Center wiht his injuries being listed as “incapacitating.” Lovejoy was not listed as being injured according to the OSHP.

The crash occurred about 4:34 a.m. with the roadway being closed for about two hours. All three were wearing their seat belts.