By Frank Lewis
Two people have been injured in a single vehicle crash in the early morning hours Wednesday.
An International Harvester semi-tractor trailer rig, owned by Sacs Gampp, Inc. of Minford and operated by Christopher Sherrick, 38, of Ironton, was eastbound on Ohio 73 in West Portsmouth when the Ohio State Highway Patrol said he lost control on the curve, sliding off the right side of the roadway. The truck reportedly struck a guardrail and overturned, spilling its load.
Sherrick was flown by helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. A passenger in the truck, Troy Spencer, 24, of Ironton, was transported by ambulance to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth.
The crash caused the closure of that area of Ohio 73 and Ohio 104 for a period of time while debris could be cleared off the roadway.
Last year, Lieutenant M.L. Gore, Commander of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the area of the intersection of 73 and 104 as one of the most dangerous in the area where semi wrecks have occurred more frequently than most any other intersection in the area.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.