Morrow County OHP Trooper Remains In Critical Condition

  • 7/16/2019 10:32:06 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MORROW COUNTY, OH - A trooper that was involved in a on-duty motor vehicle crash on June 27th is still in critical condition. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol stated that Trooper Jason Phillips currently remains in critical, but stable, condition at the Ohio State University Medical Center. 

The patrol has set up a donation page to help with expenses that Phillip's family faces. The account has been set up through the State Higway Patrol Federal Credit Union. 

Trooper Phillips was dispatched to locate a possible impaired driver at approximately 2:40 A.M Thursday morning. The driver was said to be in the area of milepost 155 on Interstate 71. 

While traveling northbound, Trooper Phillips was struck by another vehicle that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. 

The crash resulted in both vehicles to catch on fire. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol states that a good Samaritan stopped to provide assistance, but was also injured. The good Samaritan and Trooper Phillips were flown to a hospital in Columbus. The driver of the wrong way vehicle was transported to a hospital in Mansfield. 

Trooper Phillips is listed in critical condition at OSU Medical Center. The driver of the wrong way vehicle, Michael Marchak Jr., age 36 of Mansfield, is listed in critical condition at OhioHealth Mansfield. As of 3 PM Thursday, both are still in critical condition.

The good samaritan, Koso Tsiboe, 27 of Galloway, was treated for a minor leg injury and then released from OhioHealth Mansfield. 

An investigation determined that Marchak Jr. was the possible impaired driver that Trooper Phillips was dispatched to investigate. 

Both northbound lanes of I-71 were closed as the Ohio Highway Patrol investigated the scene, but have now been reopened. 

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