FREDERICKTOWN — A violent crash on Ohio 95 on Tuesday afternoon, along the sharp curve south of Ankenytown, sent five people to the hospital, two with serious injuries. The location of the accident was at the intersection of Ohio 95 and Mishey and Old Mansfield roads.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Pamela Riggleman, 57, Fredericktown, was driving east on Ohio 95 and Joseph Alexander, 63, Antwerp, was westbound. Alexander, unfamiliar with the area, went straight ahead on the curve toward Old Mansfield Road, the OSHP said.
His car collided with the Riggleman car, skidded and rolled down Old Mansfield Road ending on the top. The Riggleman car was spun around and stopped backward on Mishey Road.
Two rear seat passengers in Alexander’s PT Cruiser were not restrained and were ejected several feet from the car. Sean O’Brien, no age listed, San Francisco, Calif., suffered head injuries and was flown by Cleveland Metro Health helicopter to Ohio State University Medical Center. He is listed in critical condition today. Jody Alexander, no age listed, San Francisco, Calif., was flown to Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, with a fractured pelvis. Her condition was not available today.
Alexander, along with his wife, Judy, and Riggleman were taken to Knox Community Hospital for treatment. Their condition was not available at press time.
Fredericktown EMS Chief Rick Lanuzza called for mutual aid from Mount Vernon EMS, Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District and Washington Township at Butler.
Lanuzza also called for a MedFlight helicopter from Columbus but they were unable to fly because of the weather. The Cleveland helicopter was able to respond because they are certified to fly in inclement weather with two pilots. Lanuzza said the helicopter picked up O’Brien and Jody Alexander at KCH.