Trish Bennett, Editor
CIRCLEVILLE – Emergency crews were kept hopping Thursday following a string of accidents in quick succession in and near the city.
The first, at 3:26 p.m., was a two-car crash on North Court Street at the Pickaway Craft Mall (the former Jim’s Pay and Save building). Investigators said a stopped vehicle and a woman walking along the roadway may have contributed to the crash.
According to Sgt. John Schleich, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabeth Snyder, 30, of Circleville, was traveling northbound on North Court Street when she reportedly came over the rise in the road and was confronted by a female pedestrian and a vehicle stopped in the roadway.
Snyder swerved to avoid colliding with the stopped vehicle and crossed the center line, colliding with a southbound vehicle driven by Vicki Eberhard, also of Circleville.
The stopped vehicle and the female pedestrian both left the scene before officers arrived, Schleich said.
Snyder and Eberhard both were transported to Berger Hospital for treatment. The Circleville and Pickaway Township fire departments assisted at that scene.
Seven minutes later, at 3:33 p.m., an Ashville resident lost control of her Nissan Pathfinder on Walnut Creek Pike and crashed into a field just north of Hagerty Road.
Tammy Massey, 49, of Ashville, was transported to the hospital by MedFlight after rolling her vehicle several times in the field.
Deputy Phil Relli, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, said it was unclear what caused Massey to lose control, and the accident remains under investigation. The Circleville and Harrison Township fire departments assisted at that scene.
About 30 minutes later, at 4:04 p.m., a third crash took Circleville EMS crews to the Pumpkin Patch Farm Market on East Main Street, where a pickup truck had crashed through the building.
Austin Agin, 18, of Circleville, was westbound on East Main Street when he lost control of his vehicle in the curve in front of the business and drove straight into the building, according to Officer Lance Canterbury, Circleville Police Department.
Canterbury said Agin was out of the vehicle but lying on the ground next to it when emergency crews arrived. He was transported to Berger Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Canterbury said Agin reported he was heading home from work and was tired when the crash occurred, but the incident remains under investigation.
Darlene Gose, owner of the Pumpkin Patch, said the business was closed for the season and no one was inside at the time of the crash. She said the damage would be covered until insurance examiners could inspect the property.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal