Vehicle sideswipes pickup, then hits combine head-on, injuring two

OSHP says driver believed to be under influence

Gary Huffenberger - [email protected]

SABINA — A farming combine that was following a pickup truck pulling a harvesting bean head attachment were involved in a three-vehicle accident Saturday night in which two people went to a hospital.

The driver of a Chevy Blazer vehicle, 58-year-old Jeffery Crabtree of Leesburg, was going south on Hornbeam Road in Clinton County about 8:06 p.m. Saturday. Traveling north on the road were a combine and, in front of it, a 2005 GMC pickup pulling a bean head.

Crabtree’s vehicle struck the pickup truck with a glancing blow and then hit the combine behind the pickup head-on, said Lt. Stanley Jordan, commander of the Wilmington post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Crabtree was transported by an emergency medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center. His condition or status was not immediately available Tuesday when the hospital was contacted.

The operator of the combine, Benjamin Keller, 42, of Greenfield, went to Fayette Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House with what patrol classified as non-incapacitating injury.

Neither the pickup driver nor a passenger in the pickup reported injury, Jordan said.

Crabtree initially was cited with failing to control his vehicle. According to the crash report, Crabtree is believed to have been under the influence at the time of the crash, but refused to be tested.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.
OSHP says driver believed to be under influence

Gary Huffenberger

[email protected]