Accident ties up evening drive near Bethel

Three people sustained injuries when two vehicles collided head-on near the center of State Route 125 between Amelia and Bethel at 2:40 p.m. Oct. 2.

“This area of 125 has been the scene of many severe and fatal injury crashes,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Paul Hermes. “It looks like seatbelts saved the lives of the three people involved in this latest crash.”

According to Hermes, a witness reported that Bethel resident Eric Brink, driving a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier, was headed east on State Route 125 and had drifted left of center immediately prior to the crash.

Brown County resident Darron Burns, driving a 2003 Ford Focus, was headed west on State Route 125 with passenger Chris Level when he swerved left, striking Brink’s vehicle head-on.

The collision took place at the top of the centerline.

Hermes said it appeared that all three people were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, minimizing their injuries.

Brink was flown to University Hospital by Air Care helicopter where he received treatment for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Burns was taken to Mercy Anderson Hospital and then to University Hospital with serious injuries. His current condition is not known, but Hermes said that his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The passenger Chris Level was also flown to the University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and will eventually determine why both drivers were left of center at the time of the crash,” said Hermes. “There is no indication that alcohol was a factor.”