A man driving south on Ohio 772, just north of Rinehart Road was killed last week in a head-on collision with a semi truck. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, this is the second fatal motor vehicle crash on Ohio 772 this year, and the 11th in Ross County. Although this is the first fatal commercial truck accident in Ross County this year, it is the third such accident in three years.
The fatal crash occurred in the mid-morning hours of November 1, when the driver’s vehicle left the roadway onto the right shoulder. When the driver steered his vehicle back onto the road, he over-corrected, crossed the center lane, and struck the semi truck head-on.
It is notable that this is the second fatal crash on Ohio 772 south of Chillicothe this year, because there were no fatal crashes on the road in either 2009 or 2008. Although we do not know what role shifting traffic may have played in the increasing fatality rate, it is also worth noting that neither US 23 nor US 50 south of Chillicothe (which combined for 9 fatal accidents in 2008-2009) has seen a single fatal accident thusfar this year. If the decreased fatalities on these two roads were the result of safety improvements, it would be work seeing the extent to which the improvements might be utilized on Ohio 772, but if the change in fatalities is the result of traffic (especially heavy truck traffic) being shifted off those US highways, perhaps the traffic pattern needs to be re-evaluated or redirected to prevent fatal accidents on this stretch of rural highway.
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