Colorado man cited for crash that closed Route 14

EAST PALESTINE – A man has been cited for the traffic accident that injured another man, snarled power lines and closed a road for roughly 12 hours last week.

According to the report released recently by the Lisbon Post of the Highway Patrol, Justin J. Martin, 42, of Littleton, Colo., was cited for a signal lights violation after the Dec. 27 accident at the state Route 170 and state Route 14 intersection.

The report indicated that Martin was eastbound on state Route 14 in a 2010 Kenworth for Stevens Transport Inc., of Dallas, Texas, when the semi slid through the red light at the intersection and struck a 2008 Chevy Van driven by David A. Hardy, 50, Sawmill Run Road, Canfield.

Hardy was driving for Zenith Systems LLC, of Cleveland and the impact caused his vehicle to go off the road and overturn into a utility pole. The semi also traveled off the road and the two vehicles became tangled in the utility lines owned by Ohio Edison.

Both men were wearing seat belts but Hardy was partially ejected from the van and suffered incapacitating injuries, according to the report. He was taken by East Palestine EMS to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman and an update on his condition was not available. An employee at the hospital said Hardy was not listed as a patient there on Friday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintained traffic in three directions at the intersection while the fourth was closed for about 12 hours while utility crews attempted to clear the road of fallen wires and restore power to the traffic signal.

The utility pole was replaced by Ohio Edison, and signs marking Hadley Road and state Route 14 that had been knocked over were also replaced.

The Pennsylvania DOT, Comcast Cable, Ed Geary’s Towing, J&J Nulfco Towing and the East Palestine Fire Department also responded to the crash.