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MOUNT VERNON -- Two Knox County women were seriously injured and a Westerville man had minor injuries after a three-vehicle crash in Knox County on Monday afternoon, according to the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:19 p.m. on US 36, near mile post 23 in Monroe Township, Knox County.

The Patrol reported that Rosemary Young, 46, of Mount Vernon, was driving a silver 2011 Chevrolet Cruze westbound on US 36. William Zinkhun, 38, of Mount Vernon, was driving a brown 2014 Dodge Journey eastbound on US 36. David Daugherty, 35, of Westerville, was driving a white 2015 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on US 36.

According to the Patrol report, Young failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line, and struck the white Chevrolet Malibu head-on. The brown Dodge Journey swerved off the right side of the roadway and struck the ditch to avoid a head-on collision with the Chevrolet Cruz.

After impact, the Chevrolet Cruze slid off the right side of the roadway, struck the ditch, and came to a final rest partially on the roadway. The Chevrolet Malibu slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a private drive, and came to a final rest partially on the roadway.

The Patrol reported that Young was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated by mechanical means. She was transported by air evac to Grant Hospital with serious injuries. The passenger, Sharon Short, 71, of Danville, was also trapped inside the vehicle and extricated by mechanical means. She was transported by medflight to Grant Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

Daugherty was transported by Knox County EMS to Knox Community Hospital with minor injuries. Zinkhun and the passenger, Emily Merritt, 34, of Mount Vernon, were not injured.

Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash, the Patrol reported.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Knox County Sheriff Department, Knox County Fire, and Knox County EMS. The crash remains under investigation.

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