A 53-year-old Columbus man was killed Nov. 20 after his vehicle struck a disabled semitrailer on southbound Interstate 270, not far from Hilliard, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

James Frye was killed in an accident that occurred at 7:23 p.m.in the right lane of I-270 South, just south of Roberts Road, police said.

The disabled semitrailer was stopped in the rightmost travel lane because of mechanical failure, and the driver of the truck was outside the vehicle, police said.

Investigators have not yet determined the reason Frye’s vehicle struck the rear of the semi as he was traveling south on I-270, according to the police report . The accident remains under investigation.

Columbus medics responded to the scene, and Frye was pronounced dead at 7:38 p.m., police said.

I-270 south from the accident site north to U.S. Route 33 was closed until the early morning hours of Nov. 21.

Frye was Columbus’ 64th traffic-related fatality of 2019, according to police.




Crash shuts down I-270 south of Hilliard and all the way to Dublin

The southbound lanes of Interstate 270 were closed Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, all the way up to U.S. Route 33 in Dublin as the Columbus Division of Police investigates a major crash between Roberts Road and Interstate 70, south of Hilliard.

A single vehicle appeared to have struck the rear of a semitrailer in a travel lane, and police could be observed investigating what appeared to be a fatal crash site.

Heavy traffic from I-270 was being diverted onto Route 33.

Check ThisWeekNEWS.com for updates to this story.