Wrong-Way Car Driver Sends Truck Driver Down Embankment, Killing Him: Police

July 25, 2019 Updated: July 25, 2019

At least one person is dead after a crash in Ohio’s Adams County on July 24, it was reported.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a semi-truck and a Honda sedan crashed into one another at 4 p.m. on U.S. Highway 52 near Manchester, Local12 reported.

The truck was hit head-on by the Honda, which swerved to pass a parked car.

Due to the incident, the truck reportedly drove down an embankment and hit another oncoming vehicle. The truck driver died in the crash.

Two people in the Honda was hospitalized in critical condition while two others were hospitalized, highway patrol officials said.

A photo published by the news outlet showed the semi in thick brush on what appears to be the downward slope of a hill.

According to WCPO, the semi driver was identified as 59-year-old Brent Markwell. The report said the semi crashed into the Ohio River.

The Ohio Department of Transportation issued a statement: “U.S. Route 52 in Adams County will likely be closed through the overnight following a multi-vehicle crash that occurred near Manchester. Emergency responders are working to clear the accident site, which is approximately 1.5 miles west of the village,” Fox19 reported.

Other details about the incident are not clear.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dead in Florida Crash

Florida sheriff’s department confirmed that one of its deputies was killed in a severe car crash as he was investigating a domestic dispute over the weekend.

The deputy, who was not identified by local media outlets or the sheriff’s department, was killed after the driver of a gray Toyota pickup truck collided with his patrol vehicle at around 3 a.m. in Broward County.

Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for the department, told Local10that the deputy’s name will be released on July 22.

“This is a devastating time for all of us,” Coleman-Wright said.

Both drivers were transported to Broward Health North. The deputy was pronounced dead.

Crash Deaths in the United States

Tens of thousands of people are killed and millions injured each year from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says these deaths cost more than $380 million in direct medical costs.

The major risk factors for crash deaths in the United States are not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats (factors in over 9,500 crash deaths); drunk driving (a factor in more than 10,000 crash deaths); and speeding (contributing to more than 9,500 crash deaths).

According to 2017 data from the CDC, the 10 leading causes of death in the United States were: heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide.

These further break down as follows: the most common are unintentional poisoning deaths (58,335), followed by motor vehicle traffic deaths (40,327), and unintentional fall deaths in third place (34,673).

The total number of emergency department visits for unintentional injuries in the United States in 2017 was 30.8 million, according to the CDC.

The 10 leading causes accounted for 74 percent of all deaths in the United States in 2017.

Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.

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