Truck driver charged in chain-reaction crash

By Frank Lewis

March 7, 2014

By Frank Lewis


A man whose truck slammed into the rear of a car causing a chain reaction 4-vehicle crash has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault. Portsmouth police Captain Jerry Leach said Marshall Worley, 33, of Huntington, W.Va., operating a Freightliner box truck, plowed into the rear of a car operated by Tammie Rawlins, 48, of West Portsmouth as it was slowing down to stop at a red light on U.S. 23 (Scioto Trail/Chillicothe Street) at 15th Street.

Rawlins vehicle hit a car operated by Richard Faunce, 68, of Toledo, which was sitting at the red light. It, in turn, struck the rear of another vehicle sitting at that light. That vehicle was operated by Terry Ferguson, 58, of Raceland, Ky.

Rawlins suffered multiple injuries and required extrication by members of the Portsmouth Fire Department, EMT personnel and other law enforcement agencies, including members of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office. She was transported to the helipad nearby, and, according to Leach, flown to a Huntington hospital. Captain Shawn Sparks of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office said Rawlins was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital. Neither Faunce, nor a passenger in his car, Debra Przybyeski were hurt. Ferguson was also uninjured.

The crash, which occurred around 4:30 p.m., snarled traffic for several hours, as personnel worked to free Rawlins and clean up the scene.

Leach said aggravated vehicular assault is a third degree felony.

Officer’s of the Portsmouth Police Department are working to finish the investigation of the crash, anyone with any information should call (740) 353-4101.

Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.