State Route 348 and Randalls’ Run Road have seen their share of accidents from the increase in traffic coming through the detour for state Route 125. One more can be added to the list, before state Route 125 reopens in early September.
On Thursday, August 28 at 11 a.m., Brett Crothers, 29, of Piketon, attempted to turn left from Compton Hill Road onto state Route 348 in his maroon, 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass registered in Peebles. He failed to yield the right of way to Roger Thatcher, 63, who was driving his blue, 1989 Ford Ranger straight down state Route 348 with a passenger, Mark Morgan, 56, of Manchester.
The Ranger collided into the driver’s side of the vehicle, causing part of the front fender of the Ranger to peel away and punch through the front windshield of the Cutlass, inches in front of Crother’s position.
Two ambulances from the West Union Life Squad, Engine 18 from the West Union Fire Department, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Wienman responded to the scene of the accident. Crothers was transported by ambulance for incapacitating injuries, while Thatcher and Morgan refused transportation.