Patrol: Trooper to be released from hospital

Cary Ashby • Oct 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM

GRANVILLE — A state trooper and Western Reserve graduate who was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday was expected to be released from the hospital.

Trooper Steven M. Mahl, 45, told the Ohio State Highway Patrol he was going to be released Thursday morning from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said a spokeswoman with the Granville post. She spoke to him Wednesday and said Mahl most recently had been in stable condition.

Mahl was flown to the hospital while the other person injured in the crash, Cody Masters, 23, of Newark, went to the Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The patrol spokeswoman said Masters was treated and later released.

About 10:48 a.m. Sunday, Mahl was northbound on Ohio 37 north of Interstate 70 when his 2018 Dodge Charger collided with the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Masters, troopers said. The accident happened in Licking County.

Masters was driving south on Ohio 37 when he went off the right side, returned to the road, then went left of center and hit the patrol cruiser, troopers said. 

Both drivers had serious injuries, but were wearing their seat belts, according to the Dispatch.

Ohio 37 was closed following the accident between I-70 and U.S. 40.

No charges had been filed as of press time.

“The investigation is still pending,” said the patrol spokeswoman, who preferred not to be named.

The Lancaster post is overseeing the investigation, according to the Newark Advocate. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office, Hebron Police Department, Walnut Township and Millersport firefighters and EMS workers are assisting troopers.

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