Stories tagged with: Sgt. Chuck Merryman

March 26, 2015 - 5:19pm
45 weeks 6 hours ago

Being distracted behind the wheel can literally be a driving force in thousands of accidents across the country.

A study done by AAA finds that distraction played a role in 58 percent of teen crashes studied. Sergeant Chuck Merryman with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said it's something that officers deal with on a daily basis.

"We see distracted driving in all levels or all ages of drivers," Merryman said. "Unfortunately teen drivers are just as prone if not more...

November 27, 2013 - 5:41pm
2 years 10 weeks ago

The accident happened at 11:20 a.m. near the Airport Rd./Sonora Rd. exit. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Chuck Merryman says it's unclear why the vehicle veered off the side of the road.

"At this point what we know is that we have a full size van that was heading eastbound on 70 with three occupants," explained Sgt. Merryman. "For an unknown reason at this point, the van just drifted off the right side of the roadway, struck the overpass at Sonora Road, deflected off the...

November 14, 2013 - 6:57pm
2 years 12 weeks ago

Traffic on I-70 is currently backed up in the westbound lane following a four vehicle accident near the Airport Rd./ Sonora Rd. exit.

The accident occurred just after 5 p.m. Thursday evening. Sgt. Chuck Merryman of the State Highway Patrol says the accident involved three compact vehicles and a small SUV that were all heading westbound on I-70.

"It appears that one of the vehicles may have slowed down at this point for an unknown reason and was struck in the rear...

October 22, 2013 - 5:00pm
2 years 15 weeks ago

This week is National School Bus Safety Week and The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be more present than ever to enforce the law in and around schools.

Sergeant Chuck Merryman, from the Zanesville Post of the Highway Patrol said although troopers are diligent all the time regarding bus safety, this week they do a little bit more.

"We want to make sure our troopers are out on the roads, being seen within the school zones especially, checking speeds through the school zones,...

September 11, 2013 - 10:11am
2 years 21 weeks ago

One person was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after an accident on State Route 93.

It happened just before 9:30 a.m. in front of the home at 5950 Adamsville Road. State Highway Patrol Sergeant Chuck Merryman said a motorcycle was traveling north on the roadway, when it struck a vehicle.

"A vehicle was pulling from their driveway and pulled out in front of the motorcycle," said Sgt. Merryman. "At this point in our investigation that's what we feel happened....

August 28, 2013 - 3:32pm
2 years 23 weeks ago

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, summertime and summer holiday's are the peak season for accidents, speeding and drunk driving. This Labor Day weekend, drivers will see an increased presence of troopers.

"We try to have at least 80% of our people out over the holiday weekends in the summer time," said Sgt. Chuck Merryman. "Such as Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend. We also have overtime that we post for our troopers to even increase our presence...

May 13, 2011 - 4:41pm
4 years 38 weeks ago

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been several crashes involving motorcycles. Friday, the Highway Patrol is weighing in on the matter to both motorists and motorcyclists.

Sergeant Chuck Merryman of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway patrol says with the increased presence of motorcycles on area roads ,also comes the increased risk of being involved in a crash. He advises those who ride to wear protection including helmets, gloves, and goggles.

"And always drive...

April 15, 2010 - 4:36pm
5 years 42 weeks ago

A accident on the West Pike Thursday afternoon sent four people to the hospital.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. in front of the old Yoder's Market.

Sgt. Chuck Merryman with the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says a mini-van and Jeep Liberty were both traveling west on U.S. Route 40 when the mini-van made an improper lane change forcing both vehicles off the side of the road.

A driver and passenger in each vehicle were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with...

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