Monday, March 31, 2014

U.S. 23 South Reopens In Ross County, Ohio, After Medical Helicopter Broke Down


A medical helicopter that was responding to a crash broke down after landing in the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 in Ross County early Monday morning.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a AirEvac helicopter responded to U.S. 23 near Trego Creek Road for a single vehicle crash in the area that required a patient to be air-lifted to the hospital.

Troopers say the helicopter had engine problems after it landed, and had to be grounded until it could be fixed.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 23 were closed at Trego Creek Road until a mechanic was able to respond to fix the helicopter, according to OSHP. The southbound lanes reopened just before 6 a.m.

According to dispatchers, the driver, who is suspected of driving under the influence, crashed into a guardrail in the area. The driver sustained extensive injury to one of their legs and was transported to Adena Medical Center by ambulance.

No other information was immediately available.