HARRISON COUNTY – A five-car accident on U.S. 22 involving a semi-trailer occurred at the bridge construction site around 8 a.m. Monday morning. There were no severe injuries but three were taken to the hospital, according to the Ohio State Patrol (OSP) and a rescue official. Both east and west-bound lanes were closed for nearly three hours as traffic was re-routed.

According to the OSP, Donald E. Hopkins, Sr. of Coshocton, was cited for failing to keep assured clear distance ahead as he plowed into three cars that had stopped for the red light heading east. A vehicle coming through from the west was then struck as a result of the semi-trailer hitting the three vehicles.

Hopkins, who was driving a Sugarcreek Cartage, inc. trailer, refused treatment at the scene. A rescue official stated that by the time he’d arrived everyone was walking around that were involved in the accident before three were eventually taken away for treatment.

By 11 a.m., crews were still working on cleaning the site up as a small dozer was lifting material off the road and into the bed of another trailer to haul it away.