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Crash sends one to hospital

One person was taken to the hospital, following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Pleasant and Seventh streets on Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of a silver Ford Explorer, an elderly woman, was heading down Pleasant at about 1:30 p.m., when she pulled out in front a black Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling on Seventh, Capt. Chris Bowman, with Ironton Police, said.

“We’re faulting her for the accident,” he said of the Explorer’s driver.

The impact was so hard, that it turned the Explorer on its side and shoved it to the curb in front of Bartrum’s grocery store.

Ironton police, the Ironton Fire Department, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence EMS responded to the scene. In all, seven emergency vehicles were present.

Rescue crews had to put the elderly woman in a neck brace. They then cut the windshield out of her vehicle, so that they could remove the seats and take her out through the Explorer’s rear hatch.

She told the crew that she felt fine, but was taken to a hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

The woman driving the Trailblazer was not injured and was not transported.

Melissa Triplett, who works at the nearby Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said her co-worker Deanna Preston heard the loud crash and they called 911.

When they got outside, they worked to calm the driver of the Explorer.

“She was upset at first,” Preston said. “But we talked to her through the window until they got here.”

There were no additional passengers in either vehicle.