Alcohol suspected in two-vehicle crash

ARCANUM – Two people were hospitalized for injuries Friday evening after being involved in an injury crash that Darke County deputies believe alcohol may have played a factor.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., emergency personnel from Arcanum Fire and Rescue responded along with Greenville Township Rescue and deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to the intersection of Delisle-Fourman Road and Gordon-Landis Road on a reported injury crash with entrapment.

According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Department, a preliminary investigation into the incident has revealed a 2006 White Hummer H3, driven by Jagjit Singh 50, of Brookville, OH. and front-seat passenger Melissa Rowlett 48, of Brookville, OH., was traveling Southbound on Gordon-Landis Road and stopped at the intersection of Delisle-Fourman Road.

The Singh vehicle then pulled out in front of a 2001 Red GMC 1500, driven by Dalton Ratcliff 20, of Greenville, and was struck in the driver side. Both vehicles then traveled off the right side of the roadway and the Hummer overturned onto its side in a field.

Both occupants of the Hummer, Singh and Rowlett, had to be mechanically extricated from their vehicle prior to being treated on the scene by EMS and transported to Wayne HealthCare for minor injuries.

Ratcliff was examined on the scene and was found to be uninjured before refusing any further treatment and transport to a medical facility. Alcohol is a suspected factor in this crash.

This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

PHOTO CAPTION:Two people were hospitalized for injuries Friday evening after being involved in an injury crash. (Jim Comer photo)

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