A 76-year-old man was killed in a traffic crash Tuesday afternoon in the 4000 block of White Oak Road just outside the Village of Bloomingburg.
At around 4:24 p.m., a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by Matthew Anders, 51, of Bloomingburg, was heading south on White Oak Road when Anders pulled off the west edge of the roadway to check his cellular device, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. A 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by Paul Grafstrom, of Bloomingburg, was also heading south on White Oak Road and crashed into the rear of Anders’s vehicle.
Anders’s vehicle was forced off the east side of the roadway into the ditch and Grafstrom’s vehicle overturned in the middle of White Oak Road, according to Stanforth.
Grafstrom was entrapped in his vehicle and was extricated by members of the Bloomingburg Paint-Marion Township Fire Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Dr. Lenora Fitton.
Anders sustained minor injuries in the crash, Stanforth said. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.
White Oak Road remained closed for several hours while members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and conducted the crash investigation. White Oak Road reopened at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“The investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed at this time,” said Stanforth.
Also responding and assisting at the scene were members of Fayette County EMS and the Sheriff’s Rescue Unit.
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