Pickaway News Journal

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Alcohol blamed in crash that knocked out power Sunday

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CIRCLEVILLE - An alcohol-related crash on state Route 56 East sent two people to the hospital and knocked out power to more than 5,000 customers about 9:36 p.m. Sunday night.

Mark A. Peoples, 44, of Louisville, Ohio, was cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired, failure to control and driving under suspension following the crash around milepost 28 near Jackson Road, according to Lt. Steven Herron, Circleville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

According to reports, Peoples was driving a 2007 Chevy Silverado eastbound on state Route 56 when he crossed the center line, drove off the left side of the roadway and crashed into a utility pole.

Peoples was transported to Berger Hospital by Saltcreek Township EMS, then transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus by LifeAir, Herron said.

His passenger, Jill N. Vaughn, 38, of Stoutsville, was transported to Berger Hospital by Pickaway Township EMS.

South Central Power reported 5,097 customers without power following the accident that knocked out two substations, Herron said.

"We had to wait for South Central to restore power, but they were on the scene pretty quickly," Herron said.

Neither victim of the crash appeared to have suffered life-threatening injuries, Herron said.

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