Created on Friday, 06 September 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
SIDNEY — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that occurred early this morning that sent two people to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight helicopter and two others to Wilson Memorial Hospital by squad.
Deputies were dispatched to the area of State Route 66 near State Route 47 in Newport about 1 a.m. in reference on a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a business.
James A. Lee, 41, of Houston, reportedly was operating a southbound van when the vehicle drifted to the right and then swerved to the left, crossing the centerline and going off the east side of the road. The van slid through a parking lot and then through the wall of the Fort Loramie Machine Tool Company, 6382 S.R. 66.
The driver and a female passenger were trapped inside the vehicle for about 45 minutes, and Fort Loramie Fire and Rescue personnel used the jaws of life to extract them. They were each transported by medical helicopter to the Dayton area hospital.
The identity of the female passenger has not yet been confirmed.
The back seat passengers, Brad Callahan, 33, of Houston, and Ryan Gambill, 23, of Piqua, were out of the vehicle when deputies arrived. They were transported by Houston Rescue and Fort Loramie Rescue to Wilson Memorial.
There was heavy damage to the building, as well as to the machinery and products inside the business.
Alcohol is suspected as a cause of the accident.