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January 20, 2018

1/9/2018 2:49:00 PM
Two men seriously injured in head-on crash Monday
Shown above is the 1998 Honda Accord which was being driven by Ryan Ervin Monday evening on Finley Chapel Road before being struck head on and traveling over an embankment.

Shown above is the 1998 Honda Accord which was being driven by Ryan Ervin Monday evening on Finley Chapel Road before being struck head on and traveling over an embankment.

This vehicle, a 2006 Subaru Outback, was being driven by Sean Edstrom when it went left of center and struck another vehicle. According to reports, the use of alcohol is suspected on Edstromís part.

This vehicle, a 2006 Subaru Outback, was being driven by Sean Edstrom when it went left of center and struck another vehicle. According to reports, the use of alcohol is suspected on Edstromís part.


Both drivers sustained serious injuries in a head-on crash which occurred at 4:37 p.m. Monday on Finley Chapel Road, about one mile west of Glen Roy Road.

On-scene investigators from the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that a 2006 Subaru Outback was being driven westbound on Finley Chapel Road by 47-year-old Sean Edstrom of Ray. A 1998 Honda Accord was coming eastbound on Finley Chapel Road being operated by 45-year-old Ryan Ervin of Wellston.

According to an eyewitness, the Edstrom vehicle was heading westbound at a high rate of speed and traveled left of center, striking the Ervin vehicle head-on. Ervin's car went off the right side of the roadway over an embankment and Edstrom's Subaru came to rest in the middle of the road. The road was partially covered with slush and ice and the edge of the pavement could not easily be seen, requiring special care to maintain safe travel.

The Patrol stated that alcohol use is suspected in the case of Edstrom. His seatbelt was fastened in place although he was sitting on it and as a result he sustained serious injuries. Ervin appeared to have had his safety belt on although the impact was so severe that he suffered serious injury to his legs.

Finley Chapel Road was closed for about two and one half hours during the investigation and cleanup. Also on scene were personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Coalton and Wellston Volunteer Fire Departments, and the Jackson County Emergency Medical Service.

Both men were alone at the time of the crash and were transported to Holzer of Jackson by EMS. Later that evening they were transferred to Grant Medical Center by ground rather than being flown due to the inclement weather conditions.

No charges have been filed at this time as the crash remains open pending further investigation.





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