Ohio State Highway Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash

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(Deerfield Township)  -  Police are investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 71.

They say a vehicle hit the back of a semi-tractor trailer on I-71 southbound near Mason Montgomery Road in Deerfield Township at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday. 

A red Hyundai Elantra driven by 40-year-old Rebecca Lynn Kanaris veered off the road and hit a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the right berm.  Police pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Police say that distracted driving appears to have been a contributing factor in the crash.

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