Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 9 newspaper on Page A2.

JACKSON — A total of 16 people were injured following a head-on crash Sunday evening.

An alleged drunken driver was reportedly driving the wrong way on the highway, according to the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, emergency responders were dispatched to a call of a two-vehicle crash on Route 35 westbound, between Dixon Run Road and Route 327, near mile marker 20.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol report, a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Christopher M. Saylor, 24, of Athens, was traveling east on Route 35 in the westbound lanes.

A 2019 Ford Transit 350, being driven by Rodger M. Martin, 25, of Hillsboro, was traveling west on Route 35.

Saylor was reportedly driving the wrong way on Route 35 and struck Martin head on. Both vehicles then traveled partially in the median.

Saylor was transported by Jackson County EMS to Holzer Hospital in Jackson and later transferred to Grant hospital by a medical helicopter ground unit with incapacitating injuries.

Martin and 14 other passengers were also transported to Holzer in Jackson with non-incapacitating injures.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, the Patrol reported.

Providing assistance at the scene were Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County EMS, Bloomfield Township Fire Department, Ohio Department of Transportation, Portsmouth and Buckeye Ambulance Services.

Route 35 was closed for approximately one hour while occupants were being treated at the scene.

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