2 hurt in US 62 crash

DAMASCUS – Two men were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a chain-reaction accident involving five vehicles.

The crash occurred at about 6 a.m. Monday on U.S. Route 62 near Smith-Goshen Road just west of Damascus.

Four of the vehicles were were westbound, the highway patrol said, while another driven by Jack Walton, 61, state Route 154, was disabled and partially off the road after being involved in a wreck shortly before.

The patrol said a vehicle driven by Douglas A. Yeager, 51, of Maple Street, Salem, hit the rear one one driven by John A. Ecrement, 19, of Alliance.

That caused the chain reaction, with Ecrement hitting Dennis L. Curtis, 60, of Metz Road, Columbiana, who then hit John M. Ritchea, 75, of Beloit, who was pushed into Walton’s vehicle.

Curtis was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center and Ecrement was taken by helicopter to Aultman Hospital in Canton, both with what the patrol listed as serious injuries.

Yeager was cited for assured clear distance.