Vehicles collide in Flushing

ABOVE: A pickup truck rests in a ditch along Ohio 149 near Flushing.

FLUSHING — Two vehicles were involved in an accident near Flushing Thursday afternoon, leaving the road blocked in both directions while emergency vehicles and tow trucks cleared the way.

The accident occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Ohio 149 between Flushing and New Athens. Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Moran said one person was taken to a local hospital, and investigators are still working to determine exactly what caused the crash.

According to Moran, a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Christopher Settle, 28, of Moundsville was traveling north when the accident occurred. Moran said, based on witness statements and his investigation, a southbound 2015 Chevrolet Impala driven by Rita Erdos, 75, of New Athens went left of center and struck Settle’s truck.

Erdos was transported to Wheeling Hospital by the Lafferty emergency squad. Moran did not know the extent of her injuries, but he said Settle was not injured.

“We are still investigating why she went left of center,” Moran said, noting Erdos was cited for that offense.

The Flushing and New Athens volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene.

Traffic on Ohio 149 was held up in both directions for some time as emergency services crews and representatives from Bill’s Towing Co. worked to clear the wrecked vehicles from the area. With the help of several tow trucks, the car was removed from the road and the pickup truck and trailer were hauled out of the ditch.