UNITY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – A car and a box truck collided in Unity Township Monday afternoon, causing the car to catch fire.
Heavy black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the area around 2 p.m. The accident happened at the intersection of OH-165 and Heck Road.
According to investigators at the scene, the driver of the box truck was headed west on Heck Road when he blew through the stop sign. The truck then crashed into the car, which was headed north on 165.
The force of the crash pushed the two vehicles 500 feet off the road into a nearby house.
The driver of the box truck was carrying used refrigerators. The car hit part of the diesel fuel container of the truck, starting the fire.
The people in the box truck pulled the driver of the car out and he was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center’s Boardman campus for treatment.
A telephone pole and wires were pulled down during the crash.
Mahoning County HAZMAT was called to clean up the fuel spill.
The driver of the truck is facing a failure to stop at a stop sign charge.
Neighbors said it could have been a lot worse.
“The guys got out of the truck and saw fire underneath the truck because it had diesel in it, so he said, ‘We need to get you out of here’ — meaning the guy in the car. So they got him out and then…really, he just walked over to the chair and then it started exploding.”
The crash is still under investigation.