The South Zanesville Fire Department along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, responded to an accident on Coopermill Road just after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. When crews arrived on scene, a utility pole was knocked to the ground, leaving many without power and causing part of Coopermill Road to be closed for several hours.
"This blue truck here, a Ford Ranger, was coming west on Coopermill Road," said Trooper Joshua A. Weaver. "Went off the left side of the roadway striking a pole, mailbox and came to rest after hitting a tree stump."
Weaver said there were two occupants in the truck at the time of the accident. 32-year-old Robert Moore and a female occupant who has yet to be identified, both were transported to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. Weaver said the strong odor of alcohol gives reason to believe alcohol is possible factor in what caused the crash.
"Sergeant Appleman had contact with the driver and also just talking to them. She said they had slurred speech and I don’t know if he admitted or not if they had been drinking, but based on that, we’re still investigating it with possible alcohol involvement."
As of right now, the driver will be cited for failure to control. Weaver said the driver will be offered a blood test at the hospital, but if he refuses, there could be consequences.