JACKSON — State Route 279 in Jackson County was closed for about five hours Thursday morning while investigators tried to determine the cause of a fatal two-vehicle crash involving a Racine man.
According to the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident that claimed the life of Brian J. Thorla, 44, of Racine occurred around 6 a.m. on State Route 279 east of Moriah Road in Jackson County.
OSHP officials said Thorla was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra truck west on State Route 279. The vehicle traveled left of center and into the path of an eastbound 1989 Peterbuilt semi-tractor trailer driven by Londell E. Browning, 25, of Gallipolis. Thorla’s vehicle struck the semi head on and both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane of State Route 279.
A representative from the Jackson County Coroner’s Office pronounced Thorla dead at the scene. Browning was uninjured. Units assisting at the scene were from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Madison-Jefferson Fire Department, Jackson County E.M.S. and Angles Garage.
No further details are available at this time and the accident remains under investigation.
Lorna Hart can be reached at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551