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Two Traffic Crashes on Monday Morning, With Two Very Different Outcomes
Posted on: 09/17/2013
By  Andy Rex, Mike Cullums
 
Area fire departments and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to two traffic crashes on Monday. Both involved unusual chains of events. One resulted in a local man's death; the other was a potential disaster averted.
 
A Marietta Township man was pronounced dead at the scene of a three-vehicle crash Monday morning on State Route 26 atop Pete Baker Hill.
 
The State Highway Patrol says Robert Goddard, 55, of Kelsey Lane was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, north of the intersection of Route 26 and Goose Run Road.
 
Goddard was driving a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick south when his small SUV was struck by a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Zachary Dumas of Reno – after Dumas had crossed the center line. 
 
Goddard’s vehicle was then hit by a 2006 GMC Envoy, driven by Donald Duvall of Lawrence Township. Dumas and Duvall were both taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital by the Reno Rescue Squad, where they were treated and released.
 
The Patrol says all three men were wearing their seatbelts. The roadway was closed for about four hours as the scene was cleared. The crash remains under investigation.
 
Meanwhile, about six miles from Pete Baker Hill at Lower Newport, another crash occurred which could have been far worse than it was.  
 
The State Highway Patrol says Shawn Oliver, 30, of Fearing Township was driving past Haessly Hardwoods on State Route 7 at Sheets Run Road when he fell asleep and drove his 2003 Chevy Trailblazer off the road, rupturing a natural gas line, continuing through a fence and into stacks of boards inside the large lumber yard.  
 
There was no fire. Oliver was not injured.  
 
The Newport and Saint Marys volunteer fire departments responded, as did crews from Dominion East Ohio. It took several hours to restore natural gas service in the area.    
 
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