Teen Driver Rolls Truck; Injuries Minor

Two people were taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling on Thursday after the pickup truck in which they were traveling overturned on North Egypt Road near Morristown.

Barnesville Fire Chief Bob Smith said the passenger already had escaped the truck on his own by the time firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene. The driver, however, was trapped inside the vehicle. Responders had to cut the truck to allow him to escape, which he was able to do without further assistance, Smith said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Weaver was investigating the crash, which occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. He said the driver was a 16-year-old Flushing resident who is a student at the Belmont-Harrison Career Center joint vocational school. He was unsure whether the male passenger was a juvenile or a student.

“It’s pretty cut and dried,” Weaver said, noting that no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

According to Weaver, the truck traveled off the right side of the gravel road, prompting the teen to overcorrect. It then traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

Smith said although both males were being taken to the hospital by ambulance, it appeared they had sustained only minor injuries. The Fairview Community Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.