On the morning of Tuesday, January 5th, a head-on collision in Shelby County claimed one life. Three others sustained severe injuries. News reports identified the fatal victim as 15-year-old Hayley Worden of Covington.
According to the Shelby County law enforcement officials, the accident happened after 7:30 a.m. It occurred on State Route 48 and Fessler-Buxton Road. The car carrying Worden collided with a Vectren utility truck.
The preliminary investigation uncovered that a pickup truck operated by Sean T. Brown, 27, of Sidney was northbound on SR-48. The car went left of the center, directly into the utility truck's path driven by Chris A. Tebbe, 51, of Russia.
The two vehicles collided head-on, and the impact trapped the four occupants of the pickup. Emergency responders had to extricate them from the wrecked car. Worden succumbed to her injuries at the scene, and medics pronounced her dead.
Brown, 37-year-old Angela I. Foster, and her daughter, 10-year-old Alexandria Foster, suffered extensive wounds. Medics rushed them to the hospital in critical condition. There is no update on their health at the time of this report.
The paramedics took Tebbe to Upper Valley Medical Center to treat non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators said the weather appeared to have factored in the head-on collision in Shelby County. The investigation is ongoing.
Worden and Alexandria were students in the Hardin-Houston School District. The superintendent said counselors would be available to help their classmates through the occurrence.
Weather is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. During winter, drivers must ensure their cars are fit for the roadway. They must take extra care and precaution.
If possible, stay off the road. Wait until the weather becomes favorable. Should an accident of this nature occur, contact an Ohio car accident lawyer immediately.