ATHENS COUNTY — A Meigs County man was killed early Wednesday morning following a two-vehicle crash involving a semi-trailer on U.S. 33 near the Athens-Meigs county line.
According to information released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Athens, the crash occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after a GMC Sierra driven by Tommy R. Reuter, 74, of Pomeroy, turned east onto U.S. 33 from County Road 89/Rainbow Lake Road and was struck by a semi traveling at about 55 mph in the westbound lane on U.S. 33.
The semi, driven by Gilbert G. Woods, 41, of Mansfiled, Ohio, as well as Reuter’s truck were engulfed in flames as a result of the crash, according to troopers.
Woods was reportedly not injured as a result of the crash, while Reuter was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office by Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home staff.
Woods was reportedly wearing his safety belt at the time of the incident. It is unknown whether Reuter was using his seat belt.
U.S. 33 was reportedly closed for about three hours as investigators finished securing the scene and crews cleaned up.
OSHP was assisted on scene by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Athens Fire Department, Richland Area Volunteer Fire Department, Athens County EMS and the Athens County Coroner’s Office.