Crash victm in serious condition


PORT JEFFERSON — A driver who was trapped in his vehicle for an hour following a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning was in serious condition Friday morning at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Bruce M. Whaley, 40, of Fairborn, was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital after he was trapped in the box truck he was driving.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred at 9:06 a.m. when Douglas Winger, 51, of Rossburg, who was driving a dump truck, was westbound on Ohio 47, approaching the Wones Road intersection. Winger failed to see another westbound vehicle slowing to turn right onto Wones. Winger took evasive action and swerved left to avoid a rear-end collision with that vehicle. Winger’s truck struck head-on a box truck driven by Whaley.

Winger was out of the truck when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. He suffered head injuries in the accident. It took an hour to extricate Whaley from his vehicle, authorities said. Whaley had serious injuries to his right leg. Winger was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital by the Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.