Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon firefighters David Miller and Ben Harrod check for hotspots after a semi caught fire after a head-on collision on U.S. 36 this morning. The crash occurred near Thayer Road shortly after 9 a.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.

Joshua Morrison/News

Mount Vernon firefighters David Miller and Ben Harrod check for hotspots after a semi caught fire after a head-on collision on U.S. 36 this morning. The crash occurred near Thayer Road shortly after 9 a.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.

MOUNT VERNON — A woman was transported via medical helicopter from the scene of a head-on collision this morning on U.S. 36.

The crash, which occurred at approximately 9:09 a.m. in the area of Thayer Road, involved a hatchback car and a semi truck. The truck caught fire but its driver escaped without serious injury.

The woman’s condition is unknown.

According to witness reports, the woman was traveling eastbound on U.S. 36 when she drifted left of center and struck the truck, which was traveling westbound, head-on. The truck continued westbound and exited the south side of the roadway, where it came to rest in a field. The woman’s vehicle came to rest partly on the road and the north side embankment.

Todd Hawkins was traveling westbound when the crash occurred and said he just missed being hit by the woman’s vehicle. The truck was right behind him.

“We were just missed, but the truck, there was nothing he could do to avoid it,” Hawkins said. “It looked to me like (the driver of the car) was falling asleep, I could see her that close and it looked like she was leaning over.”

Hawkins said the cab of the truck “was engulfed in flames.” He said the woman was moving when he got to her vehicle.

“I saw her hand and leg move and I couldn’t believe it. I thought, that’s a miracle if there ever was one,” Hawkins said.

No further information was available as of press time.

 

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