One hospitalized after car hits semi

By Gretchen Richards

Special to The Times

BELPRE – One person was taken to the hospital after an accident between a tractor-trailer and a car closed the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50/Ohio 32/7 for several hours Monday afternoon, officials said.

Ertha G. Carder, 89, of Belpre was driving her silver 2008 Chevrolet Impala westbound on U.S. 50 and pulled into the turning lane to turn southbound on Farson Street, said Belpre Patrolman J.L. Kirby.

Carder turned southbound and was struck by a tractor-trailer heading west on U.S. 50, driven by George N. Evento, 56, of Harrisville, Kirby said.

Carder was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, Kirby said. Her condition was unavailable Monday evening.

Evento was permitted to refuse treatment at the scene, Kirby said.

The Belpre Police Department was alerted to the accident at 4:28 p.m. Monday.

The incident was still under investigation Monday evening and no citations had been issued, Kirby said.

It is believed Carder turned without the turning arrow’s assistance, Kirby said.

“It’s still early in the investigation, but we believe that both drivers had the green light. However, Carder did not have the green arrow,” Kirby said at the scene of the accident Monday afternoon.

Evento swerved his tractor-trailer toward the right in an attempt to avoid the full collision with Carder’s Impala, Kirby said.

Carder’s Impala came to rest facing northbound in the westbound turning lane of U.S. 50. The front end was smashed and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

The tractor-trailer exited U.S. 50, went down over the embankment and came to rest on the large rocks at the bottom of the depression, which separates U.S. 50 from the houses nearby.

The tractor-trailer was carrying an empty diesel tanker at the time of the wreck, Kirby said. The driver’s side fuel tank burst open on the rocks during the wreck, spilling diesel fuel into the ditch, Kirby said.

The amount of diesel spilled was not enough to be considered a threat to nearby homes, officials said.

Although the Impala was cleared from the scene promptly, the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 remained closed throughout Monday evening.

“We have notified the (Ohio Department of Transportation) and will have to wait on them,” Kirby said at the scene. “We will have to remove a section of guardrail in order to retrieve the truck, which will take time,” he said.