Sheriff major injured in truck crash


Major Harold Firster of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office suffered minor injuries in a collision with a semi tractor at 8:06 a.m. today.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which investigated the accident, said Firster was westbound on U.S. Route 422 in a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck and attempting to stop a vehicle that was involved in a pursuit that began in Warren.

A 2008 Peterbuilt semi driven by Norman Beitzer, 57, of Warren, was eastbound on Route 422 near Anderson Anthony Road, Warren Township, at the time of the collision.

The highway patrol said Firster had made a left turn into the crossover at Anderson Anthony in an effort to cut off the pursuit vehicle, and Beitzer moved from the right lane to the left lane.

The collison occurred as Firster pulled partially into the left lane of Route 422 eastbound. Beitzer was not injured. Firster and Beitzer were wearing seat belts. Firster, 64, of Warren, refused treatment at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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