A Greenfield man was killed and two Fayette County residents were critically injured Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident involving a semi at the intersection of U.S. Route 62 NE and SR 753.
At about 2 p.m., a 1999 Freightliner tractor-trailer was heading northbound on U.S. 62, and as it approached the intersection just north of Washington Court House, the driver — Richard Pierson, 50, of Wilmington — allegedly failed to yield at a red traffic signal, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. The semi collided with a westbound 2002 Mercury SUV driven by 40-year-old Allen Ursell, of Greenfield.
The collision forced both vehicles off the roadway and into a ditch, Stanforth said.
Ursell was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Dr. Dennis Mesker.
Passengers in Ursell’s vehicle — Shaun Rooker, 40, of Washington Court House and Alesha Bennett, 33, of Milledgeville — were critically injured in the crash and were transported to area trauma centers for medical treatment.
Members of the Washington Fire Department extricated the individuals from Ursell’s vehicle and also provided haz-mat assistance due to a large amount of fluids on the roadway.
Also assisting at the scene were first responders from Fayette County EMS, the sheriff’s rescue unit, the Wayne Township Fire Department, and Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Director Melissa Havens.
As of Monday evening, the U.S. 62 and SR 753 intersection remained partially restricted to thru-traffic as members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit continued their investigation of the crash.
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