Bethel man charged in wreck

A Bethel resident is behind bars and a Batavia Police Officer is on administrative leave after an accident on Foundry Avenue in Batavia Sunday afternoon.

Kenneth Mathers, 59, of Bethel was driving a Duke Energy truck east of the railroad bridge when he allegedly went left of center and struck a mini-van and a passenger vehicle at about 2:44 p.m. May 9.

According to the Batavia Police Department, three of the five occupants of the mini-van were transported to area hospitals. One was transported by Central Joint EMS and one by Pierce Township EMS to Mercy Clermont. The third was taken by AirCare to University Hospital. As of Wednesday, two of the injured occupants remained hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the passenger vehicle and Mathers were uninjured.