UPDATE: Washington County crash victim remembered for her life of service

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 5/2/19

A Washington County woman, who died in a head-on crash Sunday on state route 60 is being remembered for her life of service.

Joan Barton lived in Washington County all her life, as a teacher, a paramedic and a matriarch to her family.

"She was the kindest woman I’ve ever met," said Jeremy Barton, one of Joan's sons.

Barton said his mother spent her life helping others in many ways. One of those ways was as an emergency medical technician.

"Spent 30 years in EMS from Beverly Waterford and Lowell," he said. "She was there for anybody at anytime any day or night."

Joan was also a trailblazer, breaking down certain barriers in 1988.

"She was the first female boy scout leader in the state of Ohio," Barton said. "She forced me and my brother to get our eagle scouts and countless other boys."

The late Barton also served over 10 years as a substitute teacher. Her son said the outpouring of support has been humbling.

"Literally 600 personal messages from facebook, condolences, people that knew her from all walks of life," he said.

Late in life, Barton was first and foremost a grandmother.

"She was all about grandkids, us kids didn’t matter once we had grandbabies," Barton laughed. "She just loved children and wanted to help children the best she could.

Jeremy and his family are shocked by her passing and urge others to appreciate mother's especially during the month of May.

"Mother’s day coming up and everybody should just be thankful for their mothers," Barton noted, "and appreciate the time that they have with her."

"She was possibly the best woman i ever met. I’m the man i am today because of her."


UPDATE: 4/29/19 03:55 P.M.

The Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a head-on crash near Beverly that claimed the life of a 61-year-old woman Sunday evening.

Trooper said Monday afternoon that no charges have been filed in the crash on State Route 60 that killed Joan Barton of Coal Run, Ohio, and injured another driver and three children in Barton's van.

The injuries to the three children, including two who were flown by helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, were not considered to be life-threatening, troopers said.

The driver of the second car, Adam Schaad, 34, of Marietta, remained at Marietta Memorial Hospital in good condition Monday afternoon, the hospital said.

Troopers said a preliminary investigation indicated that Schaad was driving south when his 2005 Audi A4 hit Barton's 2002 Chevrolet Venture van, which was traveling north.


UPDATE: 04/28/19 11:50 P.M.

An Ohio woman was killed and four other people were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Ohio State Route 60 in Washington County on Sunday, authorities said.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Joan Barton, 61, of Coal Run, was killed in the two-vehicle crash, which happened near milepost 17 about 5:30 p.m.

The Patrol said three juveniles in Barton's 2002 Chevrolet Venture and the driver of the second car, Adam Schaad, 34, of Marietta, were seriously injured.

Trooper said a preliminary investigation revealed that Schaad's 2005 Audi A4 was headed south when the car hit Barton's van, which was traveling north.

Troopers said Barton was pronounced dead at the scene and one of the juveniles was flown from the scene to Nationwide Children's Hospital. Schaad and two other juveniles were taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital, and one of the juveniles was flown to Nationwide Children's later Sunday evening.

There's no information available on the conditions of any of those who were injured.

The accident closed Route 60 for more than 3 hours.

The Highway Patrol is handling the investigation of the crash.


UPDATE: 04/28/19 9:30 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a woman died in a head-on crash in Washington County.

The two-vehicle accident happened on State Route 60 just south of Beverly just before 5:30 p.m.

Troopers say two juveniles were flown to Children's Hospital in Columbus.

The name of the person killed has not been released yet.

State Route 60 has reopened to traffic.


ORIGINAL STORY: 04/28/19 6:37 P.M.

State Route 60 south of the Lakeside Golf Course is closed in both directions due to an accident.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Micks say first responders are on scene of a possible head-on collision on State Route 60. MedFlight has been called to the scene.



 
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