9/24/2015 11:15am (UPDATED 3:50pm)
One man was injured when his van crashed into a semi truck on US 68 north of Kenton this morning. According to Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart at the scene, around 9am the driver of the van was heading southbound and went left of center.
“It appears that the mini-van went left of center, struck the semi at an angle, and entrapped the driver of the mini-van. It took quite awhile to get him out.” said Everhart.
The driver of the van, has been identified as Charles Wright, age 61 of Kenton.
The driver of the semi, identified as John Stockmeister, age 28 of Bloomville Ohio, was hauling livestock. Stockmeister received praise from Sheriff Everhart for his quick actions.
“He did a phenomenal job of not tipping that truck over and avoiding a deadly crash. He did a phenomenal job driving.” said Everhart.
Wright had to be extracted by EMS from the van after the crash and he was LifeFlighted to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. The sheriff’s office listed his condition as being severe but not life threatening.
This is the fifth major accident around that particular section on US 68 north in Hardin County this year. Other accidents have seen minor injuries and others still have been fatal. Sheriff Everhart reminds drivers to pay more attention when out on the roadways.
“People need to pay attention. Enforcement only goes so far, safe driving is what people need to do. This was caused by a driver not paying attention, and if people would pay a lot more attention we would have a lot less of these crashes.” said Everhart.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time however drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating. US 68 was closed until just before 11:30 so authorities could investigate the crash.
This post has been updated to reflect new information.
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