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UPDATE: 3 crashes in 2 hours for WL emergency personnel

2 additional crashes handled earlier Tuesday

Personnel with the Macochee Ambulance District and West Liberty Fire Department had their hands full with three crashes in less than two hours as high winds blew snow across roads Tuesday afternoon.

The first call came in about 12:45 p.m. when an eastbound sport utility vehicle traveled  off the right side of State Route 245, struck a ditch and rolled onto its side into the Macochee Creek about a mile west of County Road 1.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office report the driver, Douglas Dowdy, 64, of West Liberty, escaped serious injury and was not transported. Mr. Dowdy reportedly swerved to miss a deer in the road.

The driver was wearing his seat belt and was not cited for the incident.


Deputy Paul Finfrock of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office measures the slope of the Macochee Creek after the first of three crashes in the West Liberty area Tuesday afternoon. EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES

The second call came in about 2 p.m. when two vehicles collided on U.S. Route 68 near the Kanagy Road intersection in northern Champaign County.

Five people were transported to Mary Rutan Hospital by Macochee EMS, which reportedly had to respond with  off-duty personnel and the district’s reserve ambulance to accommodate the number of people injured.

The five individuals involved in the crash included a 30-year-old female driver; a 41-year-old female driver and two female and one male passenger.

The extent of the injuries or names of drivers were not immediately available from deputies of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

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West Liberty emergency personnel responded about 2 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash, above and below, on U.S. Route 68 south of Kanagy Road in northern Champaign County. EXAMINER PHOTOS | T.J. HUBBARD)

About 2:45 p.m. the emergency squad and fire department were called to the scene of a third crash at the intersection of U.S. 68 and County Road 5, just north of West Liberty.

A southbound car operated by Joshua Hoffman, 27, of Bellefontaine, reportedly struck the rear of a southbound pickup operated by Kenneth E. Robbins, 47, of Wellington, Fla., that had slowed to make a turn.

Mr. Hoffman and his passenger, James R. Blair, 37, of Bellefontaine, were transported by Bellefontaine squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Mr. Robbins and his passenger did not report any injuries.

The car sustained heavy front end damage, while the pickup sustained light damage.

Both drivers reportedly were wearing their seat belts. Mr. Hoffman was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

Officers of the West Liberty Police Department assisted at the scene of the third collision.


West Liberty Police assisted with a third crash at 2:45 p.m., which also involved two vehicles on U.S. Route 68 at County Road 5. A pickup truck, not pictured, sustained minor damage to its rear bumper in the incident. EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD

Macochee EMS crews also responded to a single-vehicle slide-off crash at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on State Route 287 east of West Liberty.

The driver and sole occupant, a male in his 30s, lost control of the vehicle due to a medical condition, causing the vehicle to leave the road.

The driver suffered no injuries and was not transported. Macochee EMTs provided treatment for the driver’s medical condition at the scene, and then released him to Logan County Sheriff’s deputies who were assisting at the scene.

Additionally, West Liberty emergency personnel responded to a 3-vehicle crash in the village Tuesday.

Officers of the West Liberty Police Department responded to a report of an injury crash Tuesday morning on north Detroit Street just north of Baird Street.

Gregory Selover of Wapakoneta reportedly was operating a northbound car about 9:30 a.m. when he struck the rear of a car operated by Kimberly Wallace of Zanesfield that was stopped for traffic. The impact then forced Ms. Wallace’s vehicle to strike the rear of a car operated by Darren Haubert of Lakeview.

Ms. Wallace was transported by Macochee EMS to Mary Rutan Hospital for minor injuries. Mr. Haubert refused medical treatment at the scene, and Mr. Selover was not injured.

Mr. Selover’s and Ms. Wallace’s vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed from the scene. Mr. Haubert’s vehicle sustained moderate damage.

The crash remains under investigation and no citations have yet been issued. Ages also were unavailable for the drivers.

It has been determined that weather was not a cause of this crash.

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