One hurt in U.S. 52 car-semi collision

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 26, 2003

A two-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and a car on U.S. 52 Tuesday evening looked worse than it was.

The accident only caused minor injuries to one driver.

Albert White, an employee of Van Eerden Trucking of Byron Center, Mich., was driving his empty tractor trailer westbound in the left lane at approximately 4:10 pm. Tuesday.

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White, 38, of Grand Rapids, Mich., said a blue Chrysler New Yorker driven by James H. Jones, 77, of Ironton began to pull off of the shoulder of the highway. He said the vehicle traveled through the right lane and just continued into the left.

"Before I could do anything, he pulled into my lane," White said. "All I

could do was hit the brakes, pull the air horn and hope I could stop. Unfortunately, I could not."

White's semi struck the left rear of Jones' vehicle, spinning it 180 degrees. It came to a rest in the median. Jones told emergency workers that he was OK, but Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Service transported him to King's Daughters Medical Center for precautionary measures. White said he was not injured.

Joe Ceravone of Proctorville witnessed the accident from the eastbound lane. He agreed with White's account of the situation and said it appeared that Jones was trying to cross the lanes so he could do a u-turn at the emergency turning access.

"It was almost like it was in slow motion," he said. "I could not believe it was happening."

Trooper Paul Isgett of the Ironton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was the responding officer, and the case is still under investigation.

The call was originally reported as a three-vehicle accident involving a utility truck, but that vehicle was not involved in the accident, White said.

In addition to SEOEMS and the Patrol, the Ironton Fire Department and the Ironton Police Department also responded.