Roads in both Vinton County weren’t any more dangerous year than in 2018 in regards to fatal crashes, according to figures provided by the State Highway Patrol.
In total, there were two traffic fatalities in Vinton County in 2019 (the same number of fatalities occurred in 2018).
A one-vehicle crash on Route 327 in Vinton County led to a passenger’s death and two other injuries in May. A man driving a 1991 Ford Mustang westbound on Route 327 reportedly lost control after a curve, traveling off the right side of the roadway, striking an embankment and a tree. A passenger of this vehicle was pronounced dead on arrival, the Patrol reported.
In August, a New Plymouth man passed away after injuries sustained in a crash near Route 56 and County Road 21 the month prior. He was travelling on a 2016 Honda SXS1000M5P Pioneer, which failed to yield to a 2008 GMC Acadia.
In 2019, the State Highway Patrol’s Jackson Post, which covers both Jackson and Vinton counties, was among the recipients of the American Automobile Association (AAA) Platinum Safety Award for “outstanding efforts to increase road safety.” Local Patrol officers focused on the issues of impaired or distracted driving and seatbelt usage. Last year, troopers from the Jackson Post removed 168 impaired drivers from roadways.
Other recipients of that award included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Wellston Police Department.