MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio – Two separate crashes within about 15 minutes had first responders working hard January 22.

The first crash happened at 9:33 a.m. on State Route 7 near mile post 14, according to the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Arlene S. Downer, 58, of Pomeroy was traveling south on State Route 7 while Anthony A. Sapp, 62, of Milton, WV, was traveling north on State Route 7. Arlene Downer was driving with passenger Jack Downer, 56, of Pomeroy when their Ford Fusion drove left of center and struck the Kenworth T680 driven by Sapp. Both Arlene and Jack Downer were transported via air medical helicopter to Cabell Huntington and Saint Mary’s respectively. Sapp reportedly had no injuries. All involved were wearing their seat belts. Additionally, OSHP stated alcohol and drugs are not a factor in the crash. In addition to the OSHP, Chester Fire Department and Meigs County EMS responded.

The second crash occurred at 9:45 a.m. on US 33 near mile post 11. Dawnannett D. Smarr, 31, of Middleport was driving east on US 33 while Betty L. Marsh, 81, of Langsville was traveling north on the exit ramp from State Route 833. According to the OSHP, Marsh was attempting to cross US 33 to travel south on State Route 7 in a Chevrolet HHR. Marsh failed to yield from a stop sign and was struck by Smarr in a Chrysler Town & Country. Betty L. Marsh also had a passenger, Grace Marsh, 36, of Langsville, who was reported to have no injuries. Smarr reportedly had no injuries according to the OSHP statement, but Marsh was transported to Holzer Meigs Emergency Department by the Meigs County EMS. All involved were reported to have been wearing their seat belts. Additionally, the OSHP said alcohol and drugs are not a factor in the crash. Pomeroy Fire Department also responded to crash.