Thirty-year-old Amanda Carrigan of Wheeling, W.Va. was cited for OVI and assured clear distance after driving her 2001 Honda Civic into the back of a semi tractor-trailer on state Route 11 Saturday afternoon. Justin Childs, 39, of Hackett, Ark. was driving his 2013 Freightliner northbound on state Route 11 when he was reportedly hit from behind and actually pushed forward by Carrigan’s car. Childs was not injured in the crash, and Carrigan, who was reportedly recovering from a medical procedure earlier in the week, refused transport to the hospital. Leetonia Fire/EMS responded to the crash. Leetonia medics bandaged Carrigan’s injuries at the scene and encouraged her to get further immediate medical attention. After refusing transport, Carrigan was given a field sobriety test, shown above, by troopers Jodi Bolen and Brian Kavanagh at the scene and taken into custody where she was transported to the Lisbon Post for a urine test. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Highway patrol trooper Eric Derringer is investigating a wrong way crash on state Route 11 just south of the state Route 154 exit near Lisbon Wednesday night.
The Lisbon post received a call at about 10:30 p.m. that someone was traveling the wrong direction in the southbound lane of state Route 11 and before trooper Derringer could intercept the car the call became an accident call.
According to Derringer, a 2001 Toyota Avalon driven by 26-year-old Ross Resneder of Norman, Okla., was traveling north in the southbound lane and struck a 2001 Kia driven by Kathleen Perry of McDonald.
Resneder claimed lack of sleep and recovering from being ill is caused him to enter the highway in the wrong direction at the West Point exit and then fall asleep while driving.
Both Perry and Resneder declined treatment. North Star Critical Care and KLG Ambulances responded to the crash.
Lisbon and West Point firefighters also responded to the crash to provide traffic control and wash down the highway along the crash route.
Resneder, who is currently living in Lisbon while working with the oil and gas industry, was cited for driving the wrong way on a divided highway. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Brandon Andrews, 26, of Chester, W.Va. is in critical condition Thursday night after wrecking on state Route 11 south of Leetonia at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. According to patrol Sgt. Todd McDonald, Andrews, who was ejected through the rear windshield, was airlifted by STAT MedEvac from the scene to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Columbiana Fire/EMS responded to the accident that shut down state Route 11 for nearly an hour. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
The addition of green and white strobe lights on ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) snow plows this winter to cut down on rear-end crashes was the focus of the annual winter inspection of Columbiana County's equipment Friday.
ODOT is the first in the nation to use the green white and amber strobe lights to increase visibility and driver awareness of the vehicles. District 11 has 125 snow plows with 22 of those trucks housed in Columbiana County and servicing their 17 routes. Officials plan to have one-third of the entire fleet equipped with the new lights by mid-December. ODOT District 11 conducts 150-point inspections, testing and fine tuning snow removal and other equipment as part of its annual Operational Readiness event. District 11 includes Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Holmes and Tuscarawas counties.