Four injured as wreck blocks traffic on Ohio 7

RAYLAND — 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 northbound. Emergency vehicles and responders from several different departments rushed to the scene to asses the situation, which involved a commercial truck and a car. Responders at the scene included the Tiltonsville, Yorkville, Brilliant and Dillonvale volunteer fire departments, as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Wells Township Police Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The law enforcement personnel helped to stop traffic while firefighters and emergency medical crews removed the driver and passengers from the car and cleared the road.

Trooper Jeremy Grubb with the OSHP said at the scene that the 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, which allowed 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. The trooper explained that Ohio 7 is reduced to one northbound lane in the area where the crash occurred due to construction. As a result, Landis was making a left turn from that single lane onto Jefferson County Road 17 when a Hyundai Sonata “slammed into the side” of the truck.

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.