The beginning of the snow storm Friday evening appeared to be a factor in a one-vehicle crash on Shortcut Road, about a mile off Highway 27, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
On Dec. 16, at 5:22 p.m., the snowstorm was in progress, making for poor road and weather conditions. Chad Jelinek, of Seneca, was northbound on Shortcut Road when he saw headlights lights over a steep embankment. He notified the sheriff’s department and checked on the driver.
A 2003 Ford F-150, owned and operated by Donald Gantz, 67, of rural Eastman, had run off the south side of the road and came to rest against a group of trees. Gantz declined medical treatment. The vehicle had heavy damage.
Seneca First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.