Friday crash remains under investigation


A head-on collision Friday evening in Highland County that resulted in significant injuries remains under investigation.

According to Branden Jackman, public information officer for the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District, the wreck happened Friday around 6:30 p.m. on SR 73 south of Hillsboro near Prospect Road. Three people were flown by medical helicopter due to the extent of the injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol handled the crash and according to trooper Chris Crisafi on Monday, the incident remains under investigation.

Crisafi said that according to the report on the accident, 45-year-old David Burns, of Hillsboro, was traveling southbound on SR 73 and drive his vehicle went left of center, hitting head-on a vehicle driven by Wayne Barnes, 60, also of Hillsboro.

Along with the two drivers, there were three passengers in Barnes’ vehicle. Crisafi said that all five occupants suffered “incapacitating injuries” that were “very serious.”

According to the OSHP, two victims were transported to Highland District Hospital and the other three were flown by medical helicopter. Those three included Burns and two juveniles from Barnes’ vehicle. As of Monday, one of the juveniles had been released from the hospital. No further information was available on the other crash victims.

Crisafi said it’s anticipated that Burns will be cited.

OSHP is investigating whether alcohol and drugs were a factor in the crash.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.
Victims suffered ‘incapacitating injuries’ in head-on collision

By Angela Shepherd

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