GALLIPOLIS — A Meigs County woman is reportedly in good condition following a one-vehicle rollover that occurred on Monday afternoon north of Gallipolis.
Autumn B. Reed, 25, Reedsville, was flown by Medflight to Cabell Huntington Hospital following a crash that occurred on Ohio 7 North in Addison Township.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Reed was in good condition, according to Charles Shumaker, Cabell Huntington Media Relations Manager.
Reed, a passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado, sustained incapacitating injuries after the vehicle, traveling northbound, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck two trees before over turning.
The driver of the vehicle, Keith H. Petrie, 56, Pomeroy, was transported by Gallia County EMS to Holzer Medical Center following the crash for non-incapacitating injuries.
No information on his condition was available at press time.
According to a report compiled by the responding officer with the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the driver reported at the scene that the passenger had fallen into his lap causing him to lose control of the vehicle. While at the hospital, Petrie suggested to the investigating officer that a tire on the vehicle had blown causing the passenger to fly into his chest, thereby making him lose control.
However, the report states that, “There was no sign of a blown tire prior to leaving the road surface. There were no tire marks of any kind prior to leaving the road surface and entering the sod.”
In addition, the report states that the three witnesses interviewed following the crash all stated that they saw nothing significant about the rollover other than the fact there was no other traffic involved in the accident and the truck “simply traveled off the road.”
According to the report, neither the driver nor the passenger were ejected from the vehicle in the rollover. Moreover, Reed had to be extracted from the vehicle by mechanical means.
Also, the report states that Petrie was wearing a safety belt during the crash, while Reed was not wearing a safety belt.
Petrie was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.