RIO GRANDE — The Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two-vehicle, injury crash that occurred during the early hours on Monday on U.S. 35 near the Ohio 325 interchange.
Reportedly, a 2001 Freightliner, being driven by Jeffery Howard, 40, Sandy Hook, Ky., was traveling eastbound on U.S. 35 when it drove off the left side of the road, into the median and lost control.
While in the median, the semi overturned on its side and lost its freight — approximately 10 tires used for mining equipment.
According to the highway patrol, one of the tires came to rest in the westbound lane of U.S. 35 and a 2003 Saturn, being driven by 51-year-old David King of Ocala, Fla., struck the tire and came to rest in the westbound lane.
King, as well as his passenger, Tyler Michelle King, 19, Grover, N.C., were flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus by Med-Flight with incapacitating injuries.
The driver of the semi was not injured in the crash.
All three individuals were reportedly wearing their safety belts at the time of the incident.
As a result of the crash, U.S. 35 was restricted to one lane. The lane restriction lasted approximately four hours.
The Rio Grande Volunteer Fire Department and Ohio Department of Transportation were on scene and assisted with traffic.