Fog and ice plague morning commuters

January 10, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

The fog, black ice, and dangerous road conditions Thursday morning led to scores of accidents with injuries in Scioto County within a very short time period.

“The fog caused enough moisture and everything was just like black ice,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Karla Taulbee said.

“The (Southern Ohio Medical Center) hospital called in extra doctors. That’s how bad it was,” Taulbee said. “(Trooper Dave) Richendollar and I stayed there just to go through the injured people. They were in overflow status. They have never had so many injured people brought in by squad. It was a mess.”

SOMC officials verified that extra doctors and nurses were called out to handle the number of cases involving those injured in the crashes.

Taulbee said most of the wrecks involved cars with only drivers and no passengers, and were the result of those vehicles striking utility poles, trees and embankments, and overturning including some that overturned into creek beds.

“On Swauger Valley Road, we had one, a car struck an embankment and rolled over,” Taulbee said. “Rachel Simpson, age unknown, of Portsmouth was injured and transported to SOMC.”

A vehicle driven by Donita Sprague, 38, of West Portsmouth, struck a utility pole on Carey’s Run Road, resulting in her injury. Jeremy Mosely, 22, of West Portsmouth, hit a bridge on Carey’s Run Road, resulting in his injury. A passenger in his car, Anthony Cooper, 54, was also injured and transported to SOMC. Brooks Strickland, 17, of West Portsmouth, hit a fence, and was uninjured. Two more wrecks on Carey’s Run Road resulted in no injuries, and OSHP pulled the vehicles out of ditches with no damage.

Sherry Johnson, 44, of Greenup, Ky., was injured when her vehicle struck an embankment on McDermott-Rushtown Road. Samantha Foreman, 18, of Lucasville, was injured when her vehicle hit a utility pole on Rosemount Road.

Three accidents occurred on Duck Run Road. A vehicle operated by Tiffany Johnson, 34, of Wheelersburg, overturned into a creek. She was injured and transported. Joseph Throckmorton, 30, of West Portsmouth, was driving a car that struck a utility pole. He too was injured. A vehicle operated by Kimberly Rose, 48, of West Portsmouth, struck a tree, but she was uninjured.

On Slab Run, Erin Sowards, 16, of West Portsmouth, was injured when her vehicle hit an embankment and overturned. On the same road, a vehicle operated by Charlie Shinkle, 31, hit an embankment, not resulting in injury.

Howard Merritt, 42, of South Webster, struck a tree on Jackson Furnace Road. He was injured and taken to SOMC. On the same road, striking the same tree, Dale Tussey, 50, of Greenup, Ky., was uninjured.

On Bonser Run, a car operated by Britney Farrell, 17, of Sciotoville, struck a tree, but was uninjured.

Another vehicle overturned on Lick Run Road, but the occupant was uninjured, and a trooper from Jackson handled that crash. No name was reported in that crash, and the Portsmouth Post was awaiting an identification.

The driver in one wreck on Howard Furnace Road, left the scene. Two crashes occurred on Milldale Road, resulting in no damage. In those wrecks, cars were pulled out of a ditch and driven off. Four crashes on Pond Creek Road resulted in no injury. Another wreck on Duck Run Road also resulted in no injuries.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com