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Eleven injured in three vehicle, head-on crash on SR 73

Carleta Weyrich cweyrich@civitasmedia.com

December 1, 2013

PEEBLES - Eleven people, including five members of a family from Peebles, were injured Friday night in a collision between a Dodge pick-up truck and two Ford pickups. Several were flown from the scene with serious injuries. The accident occurred on state Route 73 between Serpent Mound State Memorial and Louden in Bratton Township.


At approximately 8:22 p.m. on Nov. 29, Mark A. Maxwell, 52, of Hillsboro was driving a 2007 Dodge pickup truck westbound on state Route 73. Meanwhile Jason Lute, 30, of McDermott was driving a 2003 Ford pickup truck, and Chris Thompson, 36, of Rarden was driving a 1999 Ford pickup truck behind him, both eastbound. According to a preliminary investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Georgetown Post, Maxwell’s truck went left of center and struck each of the trucks. The Thompson truck was hit head-on. All three vehicles had extensive damages as a result of the impacts.


According to the OSHP, everyone involved in the accident was wearing a shoulder and lap belt, and a five-year-old in Thompson’s truck was riding in a forward facing child restraint seat.


Maxwell was transported to Adams County Regional Medical Center, then flown by UC Health AirCare to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with incapacitating injuries. Two passengers who had been sitting in the front of the Maxwell vehicle, Logan Maxwell, 24, of Hillsboro, (passenger side) and Sallie Musser, 21, of Peebles, were also transported to UC Medical Center with incapacitating injuries. Another passenger, Sean Cassaro, 37, of Sycamore in Wyandot County, was seated on the passenger side of Maxwell’s truck in the rear seat. He was transported to Ohio State University Hospital, according to the report from the OSHP, with incapacitating injuries.


Lute and a passenger in his truck, Emmy Lute, 31, of McDermott were transported to Adams County Regional Medical Center from the scene by local EMS squads with non-incapacitating injuries.


Thompson, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, and two members of his family listed with incapacitating injuries, Mildred Thompson, 28; and Marie Thompson, 62, were all transported to UC Medical Center. Corey Thompson, 5, was flown from the scene by UC Health AirCare with incapacitating injuries to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. Kali Thompson, 14, was also transported to Children’s. Marie Thompson was seated in the front seat when the accident occurred, while the other three members of the Thompson family were in the rear seat.


Passengers in the two trucks that hit head-on were extricated by removal of the doors on the passenger side of the vehicles.


Two of the injured were flown from the scene, with a third flown from Peebles High School. A landing zone was staged on state Route 73 for two helicopters from Air Evac. One UC Health AirCare helicopter met an EMS squad at the school property due to the arrival time of the helicopter. A fourth helicopter, from UC, met a life squad at ACRMC.


The Franklin Township Fire Department; Peebles Fire Department; Adams County EMS, Peebles and Seaman stations; West Union Life Squad; and Rarden Fire/EMS from Scioto County worked at the scene. The Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District from Highland County was also dispatched to the scene but told to disregard en-route.


“We would like to thank the people who helped at the scene before emergency personnel arrived,” said Donnie Swayne, fire chief at Franklin Township.


On Tuesday, Sallie Musser and Marie Thompson were listed in good condition at UC Hospital. All of the injured were expected to recover, according to the OSHP.


The accident remained under investigation by the Georgetown Post on Tuesday.