Two men injured in 3-vehicle crash

MARIETTA – A Tuesday morning crash on Acme Street sent two men to the hospital, including the Ohio Department of Transportation employee charged with causing the three-vehicle accident.

Alex Flesher, 18, of Marietta was driving an ODOT pickup truck north on Acme Street around 8:30 a.m. when he went left of center and struck the oncoming truck being driven by Marietta resident Frederic Sutton, said Marietta police officer Pat Gragan.

The crash caused Sutton’s Dodge Dakota to spin into a van traveling behind it. A jagged piece protruding from the mangled front bumper of the Dodge pierced the van’s radiator, police said.

The ODOT truck continued spinning, lightly striking the side of the Richardson Printing building, said Gragan.

None of the vehicles had passengers, and the van’s driver, Scott Summers of Marietta, did not require transport.

Sutton was extracted from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life.

Sutton and Flesher were transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital. They were treated and released, according to Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing and public relations for the Memorial Health System.

Flesher was cited with driving left of center, a minor misdemeanor, said Gragan.

He was back to work Tuesday afternoon, said David Rose, spokesman for Ohio Department of Transportation District 10.

“He’s a summer student. Typically the summer students began working in the beginning of June,” said Rose.

Flesher has been drug tested, which is standard policy anytime an ODOT employee is involved in an accident in a company vehicle, he added.

Beyond a valid driver’s license, there are no special requirements to be authorized to drive a standard vehicle for ODOT, said Rose.

All three vehicles were disabled and required towing. Some minimal damage was sustained by Richardson Printing, said Gragan.