The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly road rage accident involving three vehicles, including a tractor trailer, that left two of them engulfed in flames and shut down a major roadway in Licking County for several hours.
The incident happened on State Route 37 eastbound at State Route 16 around 3:47 p.m. when a 2015 GMC Canyon driven by 58-year-old Larry Madden, of Heath, and a 1993 Acura CL driven by 38-year-old Michael Hayden, of Newark, collided during a fit of road rage, troopers said.
Investigators said both drivers passed vehicles at a high rate of speed — Madden from the right berm, Hayden from the left — before the collision, which sent both into the cross-over cable barrier. Madden and the GMC came to a stop. Hayden and the Acura went across to the westbound lanes before crashing into a 2013 Mack 600 tractor trailer driven by 65-year-old Richard Davis of Coshocton, leaving both vehicles engulfed in flames. Hayden — who troopers said wasn’t wearing a seat belt — was pronounced dead at the scene. Davis was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital, while Madden was uninjured.