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  For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
Contact: Lieutenant Kevin D. Miller (740) 587-0787

Patrol investigating crash involving semi, trooper cruiser in Licking County

Reminder for motorists to #moveover for emergency vehicles

GRANVILLE – Troopers from the Granville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are currently investigating an injury crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 136 mile marker. 

At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Trooper Rodney A. Hart, age 45, from the Granville Patrol Post was investigating a one-vehicle crash involving a 2008 Ford Focus driven by 23 year old Shanice J. Parker of Zanesville. Parker’s vehicle was disabled in the right lane of Interstate 70. 

While Trooper Hart was interviewing Ms. Parker in his cruiser waiting for a wrecker to arrive, his cruiser was struck in the rear by a 2015 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer. The tractor trailer was driven by Eric Miller, age 36 of Montrose, SD.

The tractor trailer drove through a safety zone of flares set in the roadway before it struck the cruiser and continued off the roadway, where it struck several trees and jack-knifed before coming to rest on the side of the roadway.

Trooper Hart was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Ms. Parker was taken by Med Flight to OSU Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition. Mr. Miller was treated at the scene.

Mr. Miller was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead, failure to change lanes for a stationary public safety vehicle and driving a commercial vehicle with impaired alertness. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to remind Ohioans that state law requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching emergency vehicles with activated lights. It’s the law, but it’s also the right thing to do.


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