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U.S. 250 crash leaves two injured

HARRISVILLE — An early morning crash along U.S. 250 in Short Creek Township left two people injured Wednesday.

Trooper Jeremy Grubb of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Steubenville Post said the crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. when a driver in a white Dodge Ram truck clipped another vehicle as it attempted to pass, causing both vehicles to wreck into a ditch.

Matthew Johnson of Scio, the driver of the truck, attempted to pass a semi-truck driven by Ralph Sproull of Hopedale in a no passing zone; however, a vehicle began approaching in the oncoming lane. When Johnson attempted to complete the pass, he clipped the front bumper of the semi-truck causing both vehicles to go off the right side of the roadway into a ditch, Grubb said.

Johnson’s vehicle flipped several times, eventually landing in the ditch, Grubb said. The tractor-trailer overturned onto its side spilling out its load of coal onto the roadway.

Grub said the drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries and were transported to Harrison Community Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Johnson has been cited for improper passing.

The accident left a portion of U.S. 250 closed just north of Harrisville from Stumptown Road to Georgetown Adena Road, but was reopened to traffic a few hours later after the debris was cleared from the roadway.

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