Four Injured as Wreck Blocks Traffic on Ohio 7

Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident that blocked traffic in the northbound lanes of Ohio 7 for more than an hour on Friday afternoon.

Around 1:15 p.m. Friday, first responders were notified of a wreck that had occurred near Rush Run Road on Ohio 7 north between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle.

Responders at the scene included the Tiltonsville, Yorkville, Brilliant and Dillonvale volunteer fire departments, as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Wells Township Police Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Law enforcement helped to stop traffic while firefighters and emergency medical crews removed the driver and passengers from the car and cleared the road.

OSHP Trooper Jeremy Grubb said the commercial truck was attempting a turn when the car stuck it, crushing in the front end of the passenger vehicle. Grubb said people from the car were transported to medical facilities in Wheeling, but he did not speculate on the extent of their injuries.

Trooper Josh O’Donnell, who investigated the crash, provided additional information after the damaged vehicles had been removed from the road, allowing traffic to resume flowing at around 2:45 p.m. O’Donnell said four people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

One of those individuals was taken to East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, two were transported to Wheeling Hospital and one was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling.

According to O’Donnell, the tractor-trailer was driven by Samuel Landis, 74, of Loraine, Ohio. Landis was making a left turn from a single lane where Ohio 7 is reduced due to construction onto Jefferson County Road 17 when a Hyundai Sonata “slammed into the side” of the truck, O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell said he expected to issue a citation to the driver of the Sonata, but he declined to identify that person because he had not yet interviewed that individual as of Friday evening.