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Two Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash in Athens County, Ohio

February 08, 2019

ATHENS COUNTY, OH. – According to an online news report published at, two people were injured January 27 in a single-vehicle crash in Athens, County, Ohio. Both victims have been identified, but authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident.*

The crash occurred in the early morning hours of January 27 on Ohio State Route 56 in Athens County. At about 5:30 a.m. a vehicle traveling east on State Route 56 somehow left the roadway. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and crashed into a fence, then hit a tree. The make and model of the vehicle were not reported. 

It is not yet clear what caused the vehicle to run off the road. Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene and did not report about a cause of the crash or any potential factors that might have contributed to the crash. It is not known if speed or distraction played a role in the collision. 

The driver of the vehicle suffered injuries, and Athens County EMS transported her to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital for treatment. Troopers identified her as 19-year-old Bethany Ballard, of Nelsonville, Ohio. The nature of her injuries and her current medical condition are not known. 

A passenger in the vehicle was also injured, and emergency crews transported him to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Officials identified the passenger as 24-year-old Jacob Drozek, of Athens. The nature of his injuries and his current medical condition are also not known at this time. 

Authorities are still investigating this accident, and they have not reported further information to the media. It is not clear if Ballard will be cited in connection with the crash. 

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