Construction near Silver Memorial Bridge
According to Ohio Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Ashley Rittenhouse, contractors are working on parts of road ranging from the Silver Memorial Bridge to the State Route 160 interchange in Gallipolis. Construction started Monday and is expected to end in the fall. With regard to the normal four lanes of traffic, one lane is closed in both directions and the speed limit is dropped to 55 mph during construction. ODOT asks drivers to remember to be aware of the safety of construction workers and their fellow drivers in the one lane of traffic allowed.
Medical issue likely cause of early morning crash
Emergency personnel were called to a crash on Forest Run Road, Racine, early Tuesday morning in which the driver of the vehicle was found deceased.
According to Lt. Barry Call of the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the driver of the vehicle John M. King, 77, of Racine, was found deceased in his vehicle from an apparent medical issue.
Call stated that the medical issue occurred prior to the crash, which led to the driver going off the left side of the roadway where he struck a mail box and a block retaining wall. King was driving a 2003 Hyundai at the time of the crash.
There was no evidence of evasive action, break usage or any other type of action by the driver to avoid the crash. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.
According to the Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department Facebook post, at 4:11 a.m. the department, along with Meigs EMS and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to a crash near the residence of 44443 Forest Run Road.The Meigs County Assistant Coroner was also called to the scene.
Forest Run Road was shut down for approximately two hours while they completed their investigation.