Police blotter activity in Jackson County, Ohio, shows an auto accident and potentially disastrous chemical spills. Victims were transported to area hospitals.
Wellston, Jackson County, Ohio Police Blotter
A Wellston man was arrested by members of the city police department on charges of driving while impaired. Roger Marks Jr., a resident from Honeysuckle Lane on the edge of Wellston, also faces charges of failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident.
On January 8, law enforcement officers reported to a call for assistance on Montgomery Way. According to reports, a car attempting to negotiate a curve veered off the road and hit the nearby railroad tracks.
Officers couldn’t find the vehicle in question at the scene and began searching for the driver. The police officers then found a 1996 Pontiac, which was owned by Tala B. Oliver, but driven by Marks. After inspecting the vehicle, officers saw body damage and dirt on the front of the car, which was consistent with the accident scene.
Two passengers inside the vehicle were then transported to the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio, for potential injuries. The female passengers were both Wellston residents, Amber Cahoon and April Vance.
After conducting field sobriety tests on Marks, he was arrested and taken to the Wellston Police Department. Marks failed a breathalyzer test, and was cited and released to a member of his family pending his court appearance.
Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio Police Blotter
The Culligan Water Conditioning business in Coalton, Ohio, was the site of a chemical incident which resulted in the Emergency Management Agency being called to the scene. An employee was hospitalized due to the chemical incident at the processing facility. Gas fumes overcame a plant employee. It was determined that a combination of two chemicals, one of which was thought to be chlorine. The staff member was transported to Holzer Medical Center in Jackson for further evaluation and treatment.
After being checked out at the hospital, the employee was treated for respiratory distress and returned to work later in the day. Emergency responders were able to contain the gas to the interior of the Culligan facility. Residents in a nearby home were temporarily evacuated as a precaution.
The Jackson County Hazmat team, Coalton Fire Department and several EMS squads responded to the chemical accident. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that a chlorine gas level with approximately 25 parts per million was present. The EMS professionals also surmised that a 12% chlorine solution had met muriartic acid, thus creating a mix, which was hazardous.
Such a chlorine gas mixture can cause damage to the lungs when present in significant amounts. Gas and electric services were temporarily shut off at the facility as a precaution. Hazmat team members utilized Level A protective gear when touring the facility. Already present ventilation in the building assisted in ventilation of the chemicals.
A section of State Route 93 near the business was closed to through in Village of Coalton by local law enforcement during the incident.
Jackson, Ohio, Police Blotter
Jackson City law enforcement responded to a January 18 diesel fuel spill along Broadway Street. The incident occurred when a Pepsi tractor-trailer was re-fueling at a Quick Stop gas station. A total of ten gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the parking lot and the western section of the street. Both the Jackson Fire and Police Departments responded to the scene. While crews cleaned up the material, the roadway was closed. No environmental issues were created by the spill.
Sources: Jackson County Law enforcement and EMA.