Tuscarawas County, Ohio (WJER) - State troopers are still trying to learn more about two separate fatal crashes in the county in recent days.

Joanna Sellards, 24, of Newcomerstown died after her car crashed into the back of a semi on I-77 north of the village Thursday morning. Jacqueline Speer, 30, of New Philadelphia was killed when her car lost control around a curve on Crooked Run Road south of New Philadelphia Friday night.

New Philadelphia Post commander Lt. Mark Glennon says it could take some time to investigate the cause for both of these at once.

“It all depends on what our reconstructionists can come up with and how quickly they can get that information done, and we’re still looking at possibly doing some other interviews and looking for some other witnesses or anything that might have seen either of these traffic crashes occurring,” he says. 

Glennon says they do not believe weather conditions contributed to either of the crashes, but they aren’t observing any other similarities yet.  

“This time of the year, we usually look at the road conditions and some of the things that happen with winter... I don’t think that had anything to do with either of these fatal crashes,” he says. 

The driver killed in the crash on 77 was wearing a seatbelt. The driver who died in the Crooked Run Road crash was not.  


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