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Jackson Center Man Dies In 5-Vehicle Crash; Clintonville Ambulance Personnel Among The Injured

November 10, 2017

A Jackson Center man died, and two Clintonville ambulance employees were among the three people injured in a five-vehicle crash just west of Mercer on Thursday morning.

Accident investigators say 50 year-old Charles Weekes was pronounced dead after having been airlifted to a Youngstown hospital.

Police say the chain-reaction incident on Route 62 about a mile-and-a-half west of Mercer Courthouse Square began when a vehicle driven by 83 year-old Maynard Ackerman, from New Wilmington, crossed the center line and hit an ambulance operated by 44 year-old Lisa Engles, from Clintonville.

The Ackerman vehicle was then hit by a vehicle driven by 30 year-old Samantha Moon, from Hermitage.  Engles’ ambulance was struck by a car operated by 55 year-old Peter Rimkus, from Sharon and then hit the S-U-V which Weekes had been driving.

The ambulance slammed into guardrails which police say separated the highway from a 200-foot embankment, and prevented further disaster for Engles and her passenger.

Three of the drivers. Weekes, Engles and Ackerman, had to be extricated from their vehicles.

Engles was treated for a broken ankle and a broken wrist.  Another individual, identified as Ashley Ivan – the passenger in the ambulance – was treated for neck pain.  Ackerman, whose vehicle reportedly started the chain-reaction, was treated for minor injuries.  Moon and Rimkus were not injured.

Route 62 was closed from Skyline Drive to Bestwick Road for about six hours following the crashes which occurred shortly after 7:00 AM Thursday.

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