JACKSON — Sunday afternoon, a total of seven people, were injured in a two-vehicle crash.

At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, emergency responders were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 32 and Route 139, just outside of the City of Jackson.

Upon arrival to the scene, emergency personnel found a 2005 Kia Rio on its top in the ditch off of Route 32 and a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt sitting on Route 32, both with heavy damage.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s report, James Bowman, 22, from Oak Hill, with three passengers, including two adolescent children, was crossing Route 32 in his Chevrolet on Route 139, heading north when he reportedly failed to yield to a vehicle traveling westbound on Route 32.

Bowman’s vehicle reportedly struck a Kia Rio being driven by Walter Tomblin Jr., 63, of Beaver, on the left side, causing it to travel off the right side of Route 32, overturn and land upside down in a ditch.

All parties in Bowman’s vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash and were evaluated at the scene by Jackson County EMS.

Tomblin Jr. was taken to Holzer Medical Center of Jackson by Jackson County EMS. His passengers were Gedidiah Tomblin, 37, and Mary Woods, 33, both of Oak Hill.

Both passengers were flown to Saint Mary’s Hospital in West Virginia by medical helicopters. Woods sustained serious injuries and Tomblin sustained minor injuries. Both were reportedly not wearing seat belts. They were ejected from the vehicle.

Route 32 was closed for about 45 minutes, while medical helicopters landed on the highway, and other agencies worked to clear the scene. Others at scene were the Jackson Fire Department, Jackson County EMS and Durham’s Towing and Angles Towing.

The crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending, the Patrol said.

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