ATHENS – Troopers from the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a crash that apparently took place Saturday night, and took the lives of two Ohio University students. According to a news release from the Patrol, the accident was first reported by a passerby at 8:33 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.

Laiken Nicole Salyers, 23, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Richard R. Turner, 20, of East Orange, N.J., were traveling eastbound in a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze on Dairy Lane near the intersection of South Park Drive in the city of Athens. The vehicle failed to

negotiate a curve and lost control on the ice-covered roadway. It slid off the left side of the road and overturned onto its top in a creek, becoming partially submerged.

Troopers were assisted with the investigation by the Athens Police Department, Ohio University Police Department, Athens Fire Department, Athens County EMS, and the Athens County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information pertaining to the crash is asked to contact the Athens Patrol Post at (740) 593-6611.

The crash remains under investigation.

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