august 9 8:05am

GAMBIER — An accident that closed Ohio 229 for several hours on Monday took the life of a Knox County Highway Department worker.

Damian M. Simon, 49, Mount Vernon, died Monday as a result of injuries he received after the county truck he was driving westbound on Ohio 229 was struck head on by a cement truck driven by Bobby L. McCloy, 50, Coshocton.

McCloy was eastbound, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, when the cement truck, owned by Small’s Sand and Gravel, overturned and slid left of center.

Both men were entrapped in their vehicles.

Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District, College Township Fire Department and Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to the accident and rescued Simon and McCloy from entrapment.

Two MedFlight helicopters transported the men to Columbus hospitals.

OSHP is still investigating the accident. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time.

A condition report for McCloy is not currently available.

august 8 4:34pm

A Small’s Sand and Gravel cement truck upset on Ohio 229, a half mile west of Harrison Grange Hall, at 2 p.m. Monday. The cement truck slid into an approaching Knox County Highway Department truck. The driver of the cement truck was pinned in the cab for 90 minutes while rescuers worked to free him. Rescuers took another 30 minutes to rescue the county worker. Both men were flown by MedFlight helicopters to Columbus Hospitals. Names of the drivers have yet to be released. Ohio 229 remains closed while Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate.



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7 Responses to “Afternoon crash on 229 closes road”

  1. Guest

    Rachelle, God did not take him. Death is a terrible thing, especially to family members. If you want to blame someone blame satan the devil. He is the one that likes to hurt people, cause death & suffering.
    God is love…. not a murderer.
    This upsets me that people always blame god for badness. Put the blame where it belngs, on satan!

  2. Rachelle Dolan

    Bro Damian Simon was a great man of God. He will be greatly missed. But only God knows why he took such a sweet, godly man away! He had a bigger & better plan for him. :) Michael is one of my bestfriends. His dad was very proud of him. We should mourn over this, we should rejoice, because Bro Simon has changed many peoples life. He lived a life well done. I love you Michael & Sister Rhonda. :) Love & Prayers sending your way.

  3. Mariah Long

    God puts people in your life for reasons. Some to learn lessons from, others to help you along your way, & others to make you realize how strong you really are….Missing someone is missing someone…whether they are gone for an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year or forever. Missing someone you love is never easy…
    Uncle Damen we all love you and you will be dearly missed…
    I Love You!!!!


  4. Tracy Scholl

    It did not turn out to well for the county worker!!! We will miss you uncle Dami forever and love you so much!!! God has one incredible angel up with him now!!!!

  5. Tmw9073

    The man in the red truck was a friend of mine.  He died at the hospital

  6. Christcentered

    Wow! Praying that everything is ok as well as for their families.