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Pawpaw Festival traffic causes accident, three injuries

East and westbound traffic on U.S. 50 was disrupted for two hours on Saturday due to a car accident that occurred at Lake Snowden as vehicles attempted to enter the Pawpaw Festival. 

Ohio State Highway Patrol, or OSHP, Trooper Zach Tackett said the crash occurred at 1:16 p.m. on Saturday, and first responders were on the scene by 1:19 p.m.

Four vehicles were involved in the accident. The chain of accidents started with a tow truck, known as a rollback wrecker, rear-ending a Chevrolet Sonic, causing the Sonic to hit a Fiat 500 and pushing the Fiat 500 backward into a Chevrolet Silverado. After the initial impact, the front end of the tow truck climbed over the guardrail on the right-hand side and the vehicle flipped upside down, Tackett said. 

Of the five people involved in the crash, three had injuries that warranted medical examination. Two of the injured people were flown to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus and the third was transported to OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital. 

The accident caused the festival to close for the remainder of the day. However, those who were already at the festival were able to stay. 

Specific details of the crash have not been released as the OSHP report has not yet been filed, Tackett said. 


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