GRANVILLE, OH – An Ohio woman died Friday morning after being involved in a truck accident on Route 37/Worthington Road in Licking County, OH. The truck collision happened west of Granville, and about 36 miles east of Columbus, OH near the Raccoon International Golf Course. The accident area is in the central section of the state, 129 miles southwest of Cleveland, and 134 miles northeast of Cincinnati, OH.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at approximately 6:00 a.m. 21 year old Jessica Buchanon of Newark, OH was traveling east on Route 37/Worthington Road near Granville in a white four door sedan. As she neared the area of Route 37/Worthington Road and Raccoon Valley Road she suddenly crossed over the center dividing line of the highway, and directly into the path of a westbound tractor trailer truck…
The tractor truck driver, 43 year old Nicholas Roberts of Newark, OH, was unable to maneuver out of the way to avoid a collision, and hit Ms. Buchanon head on.
Emergency workers responded to the truck accident scene, but were unable to help Ms. Buchanon who suffered fatal injuries in the head on crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities believe she died instantly.
The truck driver, Mr. Roberts, sustained minor injuries. He was treated and stabilized at the truck accident scene and then transported to Licking Memorial Hospital. His injuries are reportedly not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. He is a driver for Freedom Recycling, based out of Newark.
The impact of the truck accident apparently damaged one of the rig’s fuel tanks, and about seventy-five gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the highway. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency sent in a crew who spent several hours working with an environmental contractor in cleaning up the fuel spill.
During the diesel fuel clean-up the Ohio Highway Patrol shut down the section of Route 37/Worthington Road around the truck accident site for about seven hours during which time traffic was rerouted. The Highway Patrol finally opened all lanes at around 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Patrol troopers investigating the truck accident do not believe that weather was a factor in the head-on crash. Some officials theorize that Ms. Buchanon may have been asleep at the wheel before the fatal collision.
No charges or citations have been made at this time. The truck accident remains under investigation and charges may be brought at the conclusion of the investigation.
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