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One dead after semi-truck crosses median on I-71

Both sides of Interstate 71 is closed in Northern Kentucky due to a fatal crash. (Provided by Tom Scheben) Both sides of Interstate 71 is closed in Northern Kentucky due to a fatal crash. (Provided by Tom Scheben)
A fatal crash closed both sides of Interstate 71 in Verona Thursday morning. (FOX19 NOW) A fatal crash closed both sides of Interstate 71 in Verona Thursday morning. (FOX19 NOW)
VERONA, KY (FOX19) -

Lanes on southbound Interstate 71 have re-opened after a fatal accident left lanes shut down for several hours in Boone County Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes near the Walton exit and I-71/75 split involving an overturned semi tractor-trailer.

Officials say a 2009 Peterbuilt tractor trailer driven by Christopher Thornhill, 33, of Rossburg, Ohio was driving North  when he sideswiped an unoccupied Chevrolet Cavalier and lost control before crossing the median into the southbound lanes and hitting two vehicles head-on, according to Tom Scheben, Boone County Sheriff's Department spokesperson.

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck died at the scene. Officials say that driver was a 45-year-old Mark Sevilla of Lexington, Ky. 

The second vehicle involved was a Chevrolet SUV driven by Sandra Edwards, of Cincinnati, according to officials. Edwards, 64, was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

All drivers were wearing seat belts and airbags deployed, according to an initial investigation by Boone County officials. 

Both sides of the highway were closed for about two hours. The northbound lanes are back open.

Southbound lanes were closed for approximately eight hours.

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