ROSEVILLE, OH (WCMH) — Icy road conditions are being blamed for an accident in Muskingum County that took the life of a 6-year-old child Wednesday morning.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Kelley, a vehicle went over an embankment and landed in the water near 6465 Fultonrose Road. “As it went over the embankment, it rolled several more times,” Kelley said. “That’s when we believe that a young child, a six-year-old was sitting in the right rear, was ejected from the vehicle.”
First responders were able to pull the driver, a 27-year-old woman, and her 9-year-old daughter to safety. They eventually found the 6-year-old underneath the wreckage. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say the driver, of Crooksville, was apparently taking her 2 daughters to a relative’s house when the accident happened.
The woman was treated and released from a local hospital. The 9-year-old was reportedly transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her condition is unknown.
Firefighter Wesley Kelly of the Newton Township Fire Department said the terrain and the circumstances of the crash scene made it a particularly difficult scene for first responders. “We do have a lot of members here who have kids rights around that age so it does take a toll on us and we have counselors to come and talk to us and try to work through it,” Kelly said.