Crash yields several injuries

LOWELL – Several people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Saturday on Ohio 60 in Lowell.

Sgt. Jeffry T. Welch, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the accident occurred when a 2009 Mazda driven by Matthew Smith, 36, of Stockport, went left of center while driving north on Ohio 60 and struck a southbound 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Gale E. Knoch, 36, of Waterford.

The Knoch vehicle was forced off the right side of the roadway into a private yard and the Smith vehicle came to rest blocking both lanes of Ohio 60.

The Knoch vehicle had three juvenile passengers – ages 1, 6 and 8 years. Both drivers and one passenger in the Knoch vehicle were entrapped and were extricated using the Jaws of Life.

Smith was life-flighted from the scene to Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries, Welch reported. Knoch and all three of his passengers were transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital by LA Volunteer Squad, with Knoch then being life-flighted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Seat belts were in use by all occupants, Welch said. The Lowell-Adams and Beverly volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.

Welch said the crash remains under investigation, with alcohol and drug usage unknown at this time.