ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A Barnesville man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon during a head-on collision with a dump truck on Route 209 north of St. Clairsville.
James A. Thomas, 45, was flown by medical helicopter from the scene to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.
Additional information regarding Thomas' condition was not available as of press time today.
The driver of the Volvo dump truck, Keith A. Jackson, 55, of Steubenville, was not injured.
Drugs and/or alcohol were believed to be a factor in the head-on collision, according to the St. Clairsville post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
According to reports, a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Thomas was northbound on Route 209 when it crossed the centerline and struck the dump truck head-on just after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Cumberland Trail firefighters extricated a trapped Thomas from the heavily-damaged Cavalier by mechanical means.
The dump truck, which sustained minor damage, was hauling gravel.
The accident remained under investigation by the highway patrol's St. Clairsville post.