SUNSET HEIGHTS - Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Greenwood suspects alcohol consumption led to a three-vehicle crash that critically injured two people and hurt at least three others along U.S. 250 in Belmont County late Thursday.
Although Greenwood said the crash remained under investigation, he said a Chevrolet truck was traveling eastbound on U.S. 250. The truck apparently went left-of-center, leading it to collide with a Subaru passenger car that was westbound. The truck then collided with a Dodge van that was also traveling westward.
The crash led both the van and the car to spin off the roadway, causing heavy damage. The truck also suffered considerable damage to front end, but managed to remain on the road.
Photo by Casey Junkins
Alisha Martin and her son, Cody Martin, look on late Thursday after a Dodge van came to a stop mere feet from their front door following an accident in the Sunset Heights area.
The van eventually came to a stop mere feet from Alisha Martin's front door. She said this is the third vehicle to crash in her yard during her nine years living there.
"Something needs to be done about the traffic up here on this hill," she said while standing on her porch alongside her son. "People come by way too fast. It makes it more likely for things like this to happen."
Greenwood said the passenger in the truck and the driver of the van suffered critical injuries, noting they were flown by medical helicopter to Pittsburgh area hospitals.
He said the remaining injured passengers and drivers were transported to local hospitals.
In the preliminary stages of the investigation, Greenwood believed the driver of the truck was probably at fault for the accident, adding that alcohol consumption before driving was likely a factor.
The conditions and identities of the patients were unavailable late Thursday.
Emergency personnel from Martins Ferry, Sunset Heights, Brookside and Barton were among those responding.