A “freak accident” involving a car wheel flying through the windshield of another vehicle on SR 28 sent two men to the hospital, one with suspected minor injuries, the other in critical condition, according to Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Chief Bradley George.
A red Honda SUV carrying two male passengers was headed east on SR 28 just across the Ross County line Wednesday afternoon when a car wheel suddenly flew through the windshield, directly striking one occupant on the passenger’s side and hitting the driver on his arm.
The driver, who sustained injuries believed to be minor, originally refused treatment, then asked to be taken to the hospital.
Authorities on scene would not comment when asked where the wheel came from, although George told The Times-Gazette later on that there were multiple vehicles involved.
The only vehicle on scene, with the exception of emergency vehicles, was the one struck by the wheel.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, who did not wish to be named, said emergency medical responders were administering life-saving measures as the passenger was being transported.
“He got hit pretty hard,” the trooper said.
George said first responders felt no palpable pulse on initial examination, but later were able to detect a faint one.
According to George, the man sustained “substantial head and neck trauma.”
George described the incident as a “freak accident.”
The trooper on scene said more information would be forthcoming as investigators uncover more concrete evidence.
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