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Ironton man killed in Green Township crash

GREEN TOWNSHIP – An Ironton man was killed and a woman was hospitalized due to a single vehicle crash on Gallia Pike on Monday.

The Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at about 6:50 p.m. a quarter mile north of Ironton Avenue in Green Township.

Clara R. Clermont, 38, of Ironton, was driving a maroon 2001 Ford Explorer southbound on Gallia Pike. Police said Clermont drove off the west side of the road, went down an embankment, struck a utility pole and overturned.

She was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center for non-life threating injuries.

The right front passenger, Timothy Stapleton, 53, of Ironton, , who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected and trapped underneath the vehicle. He was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police said drug impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by troopers at the Portsmouth Post of the State Highway Patrol.