Seat belt usage by both drivers was credited with the fact there were only minor injuries in a two-vehicle rollover crash on SR 136, about 1.5 miles south of its intersection with U.S. Route 62 shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.
Trooper Zach Drake of the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver of a northbound Toyota Camry drifted left of center and into the southbound lane and struck a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
The Camry overturned and came to rest on its side in a yard bordering the highway, incurring severe damage while the Tundra ended up in a ditch several hundred feet from the collision scene with moderate damage to the front driver’s side.
Drake said the drivers sustained only “bumps and bruises” in the crash and refused transport.
Emergency units from the Southern Highland Joint Fire Department and Highland EMS responded to the scene, along with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.
Traffic was maintained throughout the course of the crash investigation.
“Everybody was wearing their seat belts,” Drake said. “I’d say that if no one had a seat belt on, the outcome would’ve been a lot worse.”
He said the identities of the drivers and whether any citation would be issued wasn’t known since the investigation was ongoing.
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