BLANCHESTER — At around 7:30 a.m. Saturday police were called to the intersection of East Cherry Street and Dudley Road on a report of a traffic accident.
Ptl. Sarah Luken arrived and saw the crash involved a pick-up truck pulling a trailer as well as a car, and the driver of the car was trapped inside her vehicle, according to a news release from Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
The Blanchester-Marion Township Fire District, Blanchester Emergency Medical Service and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. One person was taken to the hospital via helicopter and three others were taken to the hospital via ambulance, stated Reinbolt.
Due to the serious nature of the crash, Ptl. Luken asked the Ohio State Highway Patrol to handle the crash investigation, which they did.
“We are appreciative of the assistance provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, whose expertise in complex crash investigation far exceeds that of our limited staff,” he said.
At around 1 a.m. Monday BPD Ptl. Ian Courtney was on patrol when he passed the Blanchester Car Wash located at 605 E. Cherry St. and noticed flames coming from one of the wash bays, said reinbolt.
Ptl. Courtney called for the fire department, then extinguished the flames with the fire extinguisher in his cruiser.
The Blanchester-Marion Township Fire District responded to the scene. The fire caused moderate damage to the business.
“Ptl. Courtney’s intervention prevented more serious damage to the building from occurring,” said Reinbolt. “I commend him for his efforts.”