Trucker Killed After Wrong Way Motorist Sends Big Rig Into Ohio River
Adams County, Ohio – A trucker died on Wednesday after a collision with a wrong way car led to his tractor-trailer plummeting down an embankment and into the Ohio River along US Route 52.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) reported the deadly accident occurred at 4 p.m. on US Route 52 near Manchester.
OSP said a big rig, driven by 59-year-old Brent Markwell, was operating westbound when it was struck head-on by a Honda Civic traveling eastbound after the Honda crossed the center line.
The impact of the collision sent the tractor-trailer into the eastbound lane where it then struck a third vehicle.
The big rig then careened down an embankment and into the Ohio River, according to investigators.
Authorities said Markwell passed away as emergency crews were attempting to rescue him.
Two people inside the Honda were taken to a nearby hospital and were described to be in critical condition.
Officials said two others were also taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries.
Officials closed U.S. Route 52 overnight as crews worked to clean up the wreckage.
Police have not yet said what led to the driver of the Honda losing control moments before crashing into Markwell’s tractor-trailer.
The crash remains under investigation.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) will continue to monitor new developments.
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