A Texas man sustained serious injuries when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a semi-tractor-trailer on State Route 32 just outside of Jackson on Monday morning, Aug. 3.

The Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports the two-vehicle crash occurred at 7:54 a.m. Monday on State Route 32 at the exit ramp coming from U.S. Route 35. The Patrol stated that Derrick Short, 30, of Hematite, Missouri, was operating a 2019 Freightliner commercial semi-truck with a trailer.  Short’s rig was stopped at a posted stop sign on the exit ramp from U.S. Route 35, intending to turn onto the eastbound lanes of State Route 32. 

Short pulled the tractor-trailer from the stop sign, across the westbound lanes of State Route 32, into the path of a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which was being operated by Gerald Norris, 52, of Kirbyville, Texas. Norris’ truck struck the left rear trailer portion of Short’s trailer portion. 

Both vehicles then came to rest on the roadway blocking the westbound lanes of State Route 32.  Norris received incapacitating injuries and was transported by Jackson County EMS Holzer Medical Center-Jackson by Jackson County EMS.  Short was not injured as a result of the crash.

Agencies assisting at the scene included the Jackson Fire Department, the Jackson County EMS, Mapes Towing, Red’s Towing, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The westbound lanes of State Route 32 west were shut down for approximately 90 minutes with traffic diverted onto U.S. Route 35 while the vehicles were removed from the scene. The Patrol cited Short for failure to yield from a stop sign.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and Patrol troopers concluded that Norris’ injuries were minimized by use of the seat belt.  The Patrol would like to remind all motorists to wear their seat belts on each and every trip and to avoid distractions while operating a motor vehicle.