Accidents in which a vehicle turns or rolls over are among some of the most serious and potentially deadly. In many cases, rollover accidents are caused by driver error and result in passengers being ejected from the rolling car or truck and sustaining critical and even fatal injuries. Ohio residents were saddened to hear of one such recent rollover accident in which four individuals were injured and one killed.
The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening. At this time, a Ford Explorer with five male occupants ages 31 to 46, was traveling south along Interstate 71. For unknown reasons the driver of the vehicle lost control and swerved into the adjacent lane. Upon attempting to correct his error, the driver lost control of the vehicle which then left the road and rolled multiple times before coming to a stop near an exit ramp.
All five of the men who were in the vehicle at the time the accident occurred were thrown out of the vehicle. Police did not release information related to which of the men was believed to have been driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. Four of the men sustained serious injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. A 31-year-old male occupant who police believe was a passenger in the vehicle sustained fatal injuries.
An investigation into the accident and potential cause is currently underway. Police, however, belive that the driver was speeding at the time of the crash and was also likely under the influence of alcohol.
Accidents in which passengers are seriously injured often results in those impacted experiencing painful and debilitating injuries. In many cases, these types of injuries require weeks or months of medical care and ongoing treatment often forcing individuals to accrue large medical bills and miss work.
Source: Morrow County Sentinel, "Saturday rollover accident on I-71 kills one," July 28, 2013