FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — An Ironton area man was killed Monday in a one-vehicle crash in Scioto County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Drug impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to a report from the State Highway Patrol.

Clara R. Clermont, 38, of Ironton, was headed southbound on Gallia Pike when the vehicle she was driving, a 2001 Ford Explorer, went off the west side of the road and down an embankment, striking a utility pole and overturning, according to a news release from the State Highway Patrol.

She was transported to the Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

Timothy Stapleton, 53, of Ironton, a front-seat passenger in the vehicle, wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to the report. He was partially ejected during the crash and was trapped underneath the vehicle, according to the report.

Stapleton was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington where he later died from his injuries, according to the report.

The crash was reported at 6:50 p.m. Monday on Gallia Pike, approximately a quarter-mile north of Ironton Avenue in Green Township.

The crash remains under investigation by troopers from the Portsmouth Post of the State Highway Patrol.

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