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.