The 2020 Jeep Compass, pictured above, was parked along the right shoulder lane westbound on U.S. 33 when it was struck by a 2019 Mack Semi, pictured below, that was driving in the right lane on Thursday morning about 5:37 a.m. The Jeep Compass was forced into a guardrail and then spun around and was struck by another vehicle. A fourth vehicle was also involved in the crash. No injuries were reported. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell below, photo above submitted)
The Union County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 33 westbound near Mitchell Dewitt Road in Jerome Township about 5:37 a.m. Thursday.
Deputies and units from the Jerome Township Fire Department responded to the scene and found two tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles involved in the crash. No injuries were reported. U.S. 33 was closed intermittently in both directions about 5:48 a.m. while the crash was investigated and the wrecked vehicles were removed from the scene. An hour later, U.S. 33 eastbound between U.S. 42 and state Route 161 was open, but westbound remained partially shut down.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported that U.S. 33 between U.S. 42 and state Route 161 was back open on both sides of the roadway at 9:55 a.m., but crews were still in the area.
The investigation has revealed that a 2019 Mack Semi that was in the right lane traveling westbound on U.S. 33 struck a 2020 Jeep Compass that was parked along the right shoulder lane. The Jeep Compass was forced into a guardrail and then spun around and was struck by a 2008 Volvo Semi that was also driving westbound. A fourth vehicle, a 2014 Subaru BRZ that was also traveling westbound on U.S. 33, struck the crash that was in the roadway as a result of the first collision. The 2019 Mack Semi then crossed the median and both eastbound lanes and came to rest in a ditch. The driver of the 2019 Mack Semi, Brent A. Richardson, 47, of Newark, was issued a traffic citation for failure to drive in marked lanes.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and officers from the Dublin Police Department assisted at the scene and with traffic control.