Authorities remind motorists to be aware of emergency crews in response to a recent Clark County, Ohio, accident involving a semi-truck allegedly crashing into a medic unit. The collision killed the truck driver and sent two EMS personnel to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident occurred early last Tuesday morning on Interstate 70. A firefighter and a medic squad had parked their emergency vehicle in front of an SUV involved in a single-vehicle crash. The lone victim of the crash received treatment from the crew, after which the crew returned to the medic vehicle. A semi-truck then collided with the SUV while driving up the right side of the road. The force of the collision forced the SUV into the medic vehicle.
The victim of the initial accident sustained only minor injuries necessitating transportation to the hospital. The current condition of the emergency crew injured in the crash is unknown. The truck flipped over and rolled, ejecting the driver and ultimately landing on top of him, which killed him. He was a 30-year-old man from New York.
There was also a passenger asleep in the bunk of the semi-trailer at the time of the collision. He required no rescue from the cab but escaped on his own. The extent of his injuries are unknown, but he did receive transportation to a hospital for treatment.
It was late Tuesday morning by the time authorities reopened westbound lanes of traffic on I-70. Prior to that time, blocks had been in place to allow crash reconstruction and cleanup to take place after the collision.
A trucking company may sometimes be liable for accidents involving its drivers. Those injured in a truck accident may find it helpful to consult an attorney.