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UPDATE: Hamden couple injured in Route 50 collision

March 5, 2012

According to a report from the State Highway Patrol, a Vinton County resident was transported by medical helicopter and his passenger by EMS to area hospitals to receive treatment following a head-on collision on Route 50 near the Vinton/Ross County line.

According to the report, at about 10:26 a.m. Monday, Forrest E. Hunt, 41, of McArthur was traveling eastbound on Route 50 when he lost control of his 2004 Jeep Wrangler and went left of center, striking a 2007 Lincoln Town Car driven by Charles Prater, 72, of Hamden. Prater was flown by medical helicopter to OSU Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of his injuries. Prater’s passenger, Martha Prater, 73, of Hamden was transported to Adena Medical Center by Vinton County EMS. Hunt was not transported.

The accident led to a closure of the road while emergency crews were responding to the scene.

The daughter of Charles and Martha Prater confirmed that Martha received a fractured rib in the accident, but is currently in good condition. She said Charles remains at OSU, where he is undergoing surgery to repair his hip and is receiving treatment for a broken leg.

The State Highway Patrol confirmed there was snow on the roadway at the time of the accident and Hunt was cited for failure to control his vehicle.

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A reader has reported a wreck on Route 50 West near Londonderry. Both lanes of traffic are closed and a medical helicopter is reportedly on the scene. Check back later for more updates as they become available.

As of 12:20 p.m. our reader has reported that the road is now open.

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