UNION TWP., Clinton County — On US 68 on Wednesday afternoon, two persons died in a head-on collision.
The two-vehicle collision that happened at 4:14 p.m. on US 68 south of Center Road and north of Orchard Road is being looked into by the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Southbound on US 68, Eric Ford, 32, of Sabina, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer.
According to a press release from the OSHP, Dustin Morrison, 29, of Dayton, was driving a 2017 Freightliner semi-truck heading north on US 68.
Ford’s SUV struck the front of the semi-tractor as it veered to the left of the centre. Both automobiles turned off of US 68’s east side.
The semi jackknifed after veering off the road, hitting a utility pole.
Ford and his passenger, 51-year-old Sabina resident Robert Graves, were declared dead at the site.
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EMS took Morrison to Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, where he underwent treatment before moving to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Fire/EMS, Port William Fire/EMS, and Ohio Department of Transportation assisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the incident.
Orchard Veterinary Care employees and nearby citizens reported hearing what they believed to be an explosion and rushing outside to help.
According to reports, the truck driver was chatting to passengers as he was being taken to the hospital and said the SUV had crossed the middle line before hitting him.
Another driver who had just entered the veterinarians’ parking lot reported that when she looked over, the SUV was doing cartwheels in the air, and the truck was jackknifing.