1 killed in early Wednesday morning wrong-way crash on I-77 SB

CLEVELAND - An early morning crash on I-77 southbound caused by a wrong-way driver claimed a life and closed a large section of the Interstate for hours Wednesday.

Police said Jerome L. Cook, 31 of Cleveland, entered the freeway, possibly from Fleet Avenue, going the wrong way and collided with another vehicle.

Jack W. Dixon, age 48 and of Eastlake was driving the car that was struck and was pronounced dead on the scene, Cleveland Police said.

Cook was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. He will be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault, and alcohol is believed to be a factor, police said. Drunken driving charges may be issued pending test results.

Dixon's car struck another vehicle, whose driver was treated for minor injuries.

No other names have been released at this time.

As officials investigated, I-77 SB, from I-490 to Harvard Avenue, was closed down for hours until almost 8:30 a.m.

Police say the first calls came in shortly after 4 a.m. During their initial response, a Cleveland Police car was struck but no injuries have been reported in connection with that wreck.

Four vehicles, including the police car, were towed from the scene.

Check back with NewsChannel5 for details as more information becomes available.

NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that two people died based on information from officials.

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