UNION COUNTY, OH (WCMH) – Deputies said a person was injured after a semi-truck crashed into a home in Union County. A man inside the home was trapped underneath the vehicle.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, around 4:00am Thursday morning, deputies were called to the area of U.S. Route 42 between Watkins and Jerome roads on the report of a vehicle into a home.
Joseph Chambers, 29, is in stable condition after he was stuck underneath the truck. The driver of the semi 21-year-old Akhmadjon Ganiev from Maryland was not hurt. He was charged with failure to control and was ticketed for driving over his legal limit of hours for the day.
“(U.S.) 42’s a known shortcut for bypassing things and everything else and it’s just getting ridiculous now,” said James Winning. “A lot of semis. We’ve got a stone quarry up the road here, a lot of the dump trucks.”
Winning is no stranger to incidents like this. He said it’s happened to him twice at his business, Buckeye Battery, along U.S. Route 42, just about three miles away from this morning’s incident.
He said last October a man went left of center in his car, causing a five-vehicle accident that ended up smashing into his business.
“There’s so many crashes out here, it’s just part of life anymore,” he said. “A teenager was killed north of us here probably another mile and then this wreck today. There’s been several wrecks out here.”
His business is still closed and he’s looking to move before it happens again. He hopes drivers will start slowing down and paying attention.
“I’d like the state to look at this thing a little closer and realize what all’s going on our here,” he said. “Now, we’re starting to interfere with people’s lives.”
In the last 6 months, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said there have been four serious accidents on this stretch of U.S. Route 42 between the county line and U.S. Route 33.