Friday, May 03, 2019

Eurocopter EC 130 B4, N130MU: Accident occurred May 01, 2019 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Main rotor struck tree, landed on a highway.

Ohio Medical Transportation Inc

Date: 01-MAY-19
Time: 13:46:00Z
Regis#: N130MU
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: EC 130 B4
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
State: OHIO

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Three people including an off-duty deputy died when a pick-up truck and a minivan collided on a rural highway Wednesday morning.

It happened along US 22 near State Route 345 close to the Perry County border.

Muskingum County Sheriff's Deputy Zachary Smith, 21, was killed when his pickup truck struck a minivan. Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) troopers said Smith drove left of center, crashing into the minivan.

Investigators said a mother, grandmother, and four children were in the van. The children survived, but the mother and grandmother lost their lives.

"Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to Zack's family for their loss as well as the other family involved in the accident," said Sheriff Lutz.

Kim Bromley said she was on her way to a medical appointment when she came upon the crash. Bromley said she knew all of the victims.

“God bless each and every one of them. Prayer prayers prayers. Wonderful family. Wonderful man,” said Bromley. “It was carnage. The most devastating wreck I have ever seen."

Bromley said she knew they needed to try to keep the children calm. OSHP said they ranged in age from 2 to 10 years old.

OHSP Lt. Matt Boyd said all the children were eventually taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“None of the scenes are ever easy but anytime there are children involved it is more difficult,” said Boyd.

He said there was more chaos when a MedFlight helicopter ran into troubles at the scene.

“I think he clipped a tree branch when started to take off and you know aerial safety is everything. Safety is paramount when it comes to aviation," he said.

No word whether wind was a factor. An officer support team met with deputies at the MCSO Wednesday afternoon.

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