SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP – A utility worker was life-flighted to Akron City Hospital with serious injuries Tuesday morning after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a construction zone, according to a report from the Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The utility worker's name was not made public in the OSHP press release. The individual was wearing a yellow reflective traffic safety vest and a hard hat at the time of the crash.
The driver of the 2006 Chevrolet Blazer, George M. Sims Jr., 78, of Nova, was not injured from the crash.
According to Troopers, at approximately 9:15 a.m. the Chevrolet Blazer was traveling westbound on County Road 40 near Township Road 581 when it approached a Utility Truck (Vaughn Industries) that was stopped on the right side of the roadway working on power lines.
After almost striking the utility truck, the Chevrolet Blazer swerved to the left and struck a utility worker that was standing on the left side of the utility truck, the report states. The utility worker was working as a flagger for traffic control prior to the crash. After the collision, the utility worker was sent airborne and came to a final rest in front of the utility truck.
The utility worker was life-flighted to Akron City Hospital by Metro Life-Flight with serious injuries. County Road 40 was closed for approximately two and half hours. Traffic was being detoured while the roadway was closed.
Other agencies assisting at the crash scene included Sullivan Fire & EMS and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, the Patrol stated.
The crash is still currently under investigation.