BARNESVILLE — A weather-related accident involving two vehicles traveling on Interstate 70 Wednesday morning brought motorists to a halt as crews worked to clear the scene near the Barnesville exit.

The accident at approximately 9:25 a.m. involved a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 2002 Saturn, was trapped inside the heavily-damaged vehicle. He was later extricated by Barnesville and Fairview firefighters using mechanical means.

The injured motorist identified as Jeffrey Van Horn of St. Clairsville, was taken by ambulance to an undisclosed area hospital for treatment. Additional information regarding his condition and the extent of Van Horn’s injuries was not available as of press time today.

According to reports, Van Horn was traveling on I-70 when he lost control of the Saturn due to the weather. The car struck the side of the tractor-trailer driven by Mark Olde of Montana, causing extensive damage to the Saturn.

The tractor-trailer sustained moderate damage.

Olde was not injured.

The closed portion of I-70 was reopened late Wednesday morning.

The accident remained under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s St. Clairsville post.