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Local driver crashes into Marysville police K-9 unit

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Troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash about 11:45 a.m. Friday involving a Marysville police cruiser on U.S. Route 33 near Northwest Parkway on the west side of Marysville.

Troopers report Brittany Wilson, 22, of Zanesfield, was traveling northeast bound in the left lane of U.S. 33 when her vehicle swerved at a curved section in the road and traveled into the right lane. The vehicle then struck the rear of a Marysville police K-9 unit that was parked in the right lane while directing traffic because of a nearby crash.

No one was transported from the scene for injuries.

Three child passengers in the Wilson vehicle — ages 1, 3, and 5 — were all wearing proper safety restraints.

According to troopers’ reports, Ms. Wilson claims she believed another northeast bound driver traveling in the right lane was going to “cut in front of” her vehicle, causing her to take evasive action before the crash.

The other crash, which was also handled by troopers, involved a single vehicle that lost control and struck a guardrail along U.S. 33.

Officer Nist of the Marysville Police Department, who was accompanied by his canine partner in the cruiser, had reportedly positioned his vehicle in the curve west of the first crash site in an attempt to make it more visible to oncoming traffic and to alert motorists to the obscured scene ahead.

Damage to the vehicles was moderate. Roads were snow covered and the time of the incident.

Investigation continues.

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