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Accident at Rt. 4 & Enon Rd. Claims One Life PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 October 2010 11:16

Route 4 was closed at the Enon exit Monday morning because of a fatal accident at the interchange.

Initial reports indicate that a blue-green minivan was southbound on Route 4, went off the road a few feet past the Enon exit, went up the embankment, hit the bridge and then skidded across Route 4 on its top landing in the median.  The car then caught fire and the driver perished in the blaze.

“All I could see was a dust cloud, then the car crashed on its top,” said Herbert Green of Lewisburg, a contractor for Rush Package Delivery.  “I tried to put the fire out, but my fire extinguisher couldn’t handle it.  About six of us tried to pull him out, but we couldn’t.”

The driver was described by witnesses as a heavy-set disabled man.  “He had to have had some kind of medical problem,” said Green.  “We couldn’t get any response from the driver.”

Mindy Nickles of Enon was the first to call 911 from the scene.  “I was on the phone with the operator for 13 minutes,” said Nickles.  “I kept asking ‘Where are they? Where are they?’”

“Everyone jumped out of their cars and ran to help,” said Nickles.  “God love them – everyone was trying to help.  One guy tried ot  open the door but it was so hot he had to use his jacket to grab the door.  We ran up and down the line of cars looking for fire extinguishers, but they only gave us an extra 45 seconds to try to get the guy out.”

“I just pray to God that the guy was dead before the fire started,” said Nickles.

Bethel Township was the first to be summoned, and they requested mutual aid from Mad River once they arrived on the scene.  Nickles questioned the call.

“I kept telling the 911 operator to call Mad River – they’re a lot closer than Bethel,” said Nickles.  “I even said that I was going to hang up and call Mad River myself, but the operator insisted that I stay on the line.”

The victim has not been identified.  The accident is still under investigation by the Springfield Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.




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