SP man cited in bridge crash

Published 12:49 am Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Ironton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, with assistance from the Ashland Police Department, has identified the driver who struck the Ben Williamson Bridge May 17.

According to a release sent out by the OSHP, Dennis J. Smith, 59, of South Point, was cited on charges of failure to control and leaving the scene of the crash. He is scheduled to appear in Ironton Municipal Court on Monday.

“The first charge is a minor traffic charge, but leaving the scene of the crash is a misdemeanor of the first degree, and we usually try to set those court days on the first available day,” Sgt. Kevin Cobi, OSHP Ironton Post sergeant, said.

Smith was located in Ashland and is not in custody, but Cobi said since the crash happened on the Ohio side of the bridge, he will appear in Ironton’s court.

According to the OSHP release, Smith was driving a 1987 Mack semi-tractor and trailer loaded with scrap metal at the time of the crash. The truck continued into Kentucky without stopping or reporting the crash after the incident, the release states.

The truck is owned by L.R. Daniels Transportation in Ashland, Ky.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s engineering estimate for the repair project is $66,500. Bids from outside companies have been collected and are under review.