SHAWNEE — According to the Shawnee Fire Chief John Arkley, fire crews and law enforcement were dispatched to a crash which resulted in an individual being air-lifted to a hospital in the City of Columbus.
Chief Arkley described that firefighters first arrived on scene with Perry County Sheriff Lt. Doug Gill, who was already at the scene along with an off-duty firefighter.
“They were relaying information to us while we were en route,” Arkley told The Perry county Tribune.
Arkley stated that a Jeep Cherokee was headed westbound on state Route 155 near Sulpher Spring Road. He added that when the crews arrived, they found the vehicle in the trees approximately 50 to 70 feet off of the south side of the roadway.
“It had heavy damage,” Arkley stated.
The rear axle, tires and shaft of the vehicle were found separated and were some distance away from the vehicle. According to Arkley, the vehicle only had one occupant who showed signs of injury.
At the time, the severity of the occupant’s injuries were unknown as he was airlifted to Grant Hospital in Columbus.
The occupant was flown out of the Shawnee landing zone, which is a predesignated area for medical helicopters. The area allows for helicopters to land on the ground without a spotter and is located just behind the Shawnee fire house in the Village.
According to the Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the individual involved in the accident was Ryan Hartberger. Troopers described the crash as a “roll over” but did not provide information regarding the severity of injuries sustained.
From the crash, Arkley reported the response to the incident was great and “went very well.” He added that the call was received at 11:17 p.m. and the victim was airborne and going to the hospital 43 minutes later.
“It shows how well everyone worked together,” Arkley said.
Assisting crews included the Shawnee Fire Department, New Straitsville Fire Department, New Lexington EMS, Perry County Sheriff’s and other members of law enforcement.