The junction of state Route 41 and state Route 136 was closed on Thursday because of a two-vehicle accident involving a minor and double entrapments.
First responders were paged at 12:34 p.m., and Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent James was the first to arrive on scene. He was quickly joined by Trooper Wienman of the Ohio State Patrol, Chief Jeff Bowling of the Manchester Police Department, a fire engine and utility truck of the Manchester Fire Department, a fire engine and utility truck from the West Union Fire Department, and four life squads from both Manchester and West Union.
A tan Ford Taurus was heading north-bound on state Route 41, when a white Dodge Ram 1500 attempted to turn from the south-bound lane of state Route 41 onto state Route 136 in front of him. The two vehicles collided in the intersection, smashing the front-ends of both vehicles and breaking the windshield of the Taurus.
The air bags in the Taurus deployed and no skid marks were on the pavement, indicating that little to no braking occurred and the vehicles collided at speed.
Larry Bloomfield, 34, of Garrison, Ky. was driving the Taurus with Nicki Thacker, 33, of Garrison and Autumn Stone, 3, as passengers. The Ram was driven by Margaret Linley, 60, of Waverly. The Taurus had Scioto County tags and is registered in Portsmouth.
The jaws of life were deployed on the Taurus, tearing open the driver side and passenger side doors. Bloomfield and Stone were both life-flighted to hospitals in Cincinnati with both helicopters landing in the field next to the intersection. Linley and Thacker were transported by ambulance to local hospitals. A third life-flight was performed for another of the victims once they got to the hospital. Reports indicate that the occupants in the Taurus were not wearing safety belts at the time of the accident.
The north side of state Route 41 and state Route 136 had limited access to one another by means of a side road. The south side of state Route 41 was completely closed until the tow trucks were able to remove the vehicles from the intersection.
Paul Hannah is a content provider for The People’s Defender. He can be reached at (937) 544-2391.