A 68-year-old Washington C.H. man was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Thursday morning on U.S. 62 Southwest in the Village of Staunton near the Worthington Road intersection.
At approximately 7:26 a.m., a 2004 Peterbuilt semi-tractor trailer driven by Eric D. Maher, 33, of Morehead, Ky., was heading northeast on U.S. 62 when he lost control on a right curve while entering the Village of Staunton, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. Maher’s vehicle overturned into the path of a southbound 1998 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Dale E. Patton, of Washington C.H.
As Maher’s vehicle overturned, the cargo on the 53-foot flatbed semi-trailer, consisting of bundles of produce boxes, struck Patton’s vehicle, forcing it off the right side of the roadway where the vehicle struck a guardrail and came to rest facing north, Stanforth said. Maher’s vehicle came to rest on its side in the southbound lane of U.S. 62.
Patton was critically injured in the crash and was extricated from his vehicle by members of the Concord-Green Fire Department. He was airlifted from the scene by CareFlight helicopter and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died shortly after arrival.
Maher reported no injury in the crash, Stanforth said.
Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. Members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit were called to the scene to investigate. Also assisting with the investigation are members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.
Other agencies responding to the scene and assisting were Fayette County EMS, Washington C.H. Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation. As of Thursday afternoon, the crash re-constructionists were continuing their investigation, and U.S. 62 Southwest in Staunton remained closed while crews worked to clear the roadway.