FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) –The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a two-vehicle traffic crash that claimed the life of a 24-year-old South Carolina resident on Tuesday morning.
According to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, a 2005 GMC utility truck operated by James R. Hollis, 55, of South Carolina was traveling eastbound on U.S. 35 when struck from behind by an eastbound 1987 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer operated by Robert W. Dinser, 38, of Wheelersburg.
Hollis’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway into the ditch and embankment area where the vehicle overturned and caught fire.
Freddielee Antron Marshall of South Carolina, the passenger in Hollis’s vehicle, was ejected and subsequently pinned beneath the vehicle. Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hollis was extricated from his burning vehicle by emergency first responders and was transported from the scene by Fayette County EMS to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he was subsequently airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton for further medical treatment.
The 1987 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer operated by Dinser continued off the left side of the roadway to the edge of the median before coming to rest Dinser sustained minor visible injuries in the crash but declined medical treatment.
Hollis’s vehicle contained several five gallon buckets of paint and painting equipment which was thrown from the vehicle at the time of the crash, blanketing the roadway, ditch, and embankment area of the crash with paint.
Members of the Washington Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire as well as the extrication of victims in the vehicle alongside members of Fayette County EMS. Also responding and assisting with the investigation and clean-up were members of the Washington C.H. Police Department, Ohio Department of Transportation, Fayette County Emergency Management Agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit from the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit are conducting the crash investigation. Charges relating to the crash are pending as deputies continue their investigation.