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Final report of fatal accident released
(2007-01-10)
(WOUB) - The final report on a fatal accident that took the lives of two Ohio State Highway Patrol officers and a woman from Vinton, was released Tuesday.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the report does not differ substantially from previous information that was released.

It says Trooper Joshua Risner and Sargent Dale Holcomb, both killed in the crash last September, were on their way to assist an off duty trooper who had just taken his severely ill infant to the emergency room.

Risner, who was driving at the time of the accident, lost control on the wet road and went backward over the center line, crashing into an on coming truck driven by Lori Smith.

She was also killed in the accident.

The cruiser's gas tank was crushed upon impact, causing the two vehicles to catch fire.

Risner was originally presumed intoxicated at the time of the accident due to a blood-alcohol level of point zero eight at the time of the crash, but further testing showed that the alcohol was just a byproduct of decomposition
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