LOGAN – Troopers from the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a serious injury crash that shut down U.S. Route 33 in Hocking County Monday. The crash occurred at around 8:28 a.m. near the rest area. The highway was shut down for approximately one hour.

Levi B. Ely, age 36, of Logan was traveling westbound in a 2009 Honda Odyssey. Michael P. Santee, age 43, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, had just entered U.S. 33 from the rest area and was westbound in a 2022 Freightliner semi-truck. Mr. Ely struck the semi in the rear.

Mr. Ely was airlifted from the scene by Air Evac and taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus with serious injuries. As of Wednesday morning, the hospital was reporting that Ely was still a patient there. Mr. Santee was not injured.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Hocking County Sheriff Office, Hocking County EMS and the Good Hope Township Fire Department.

The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind you that wearing a properly adjusted safety belt and insisting that those who travel with you buckle up is the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

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