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Semi splits in half on Ohio Turnpike

By Michael Harrington • Updated Mar 7, 2019 at 1:46 PM

GROTON TWP. — A semitractor-trailer split in half Wednesday after it drove off the Ohio Turnpike exit near Ohio 4.

At about 10 a.m., the truck took the exit off the turnpike at Ohio 4 in Groton Township, but the driver lost control on the curve of the ramp either due to inattention or falling asleep, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“He drove off the exit ramp, went through the gore, vaulted over the ditch and came to a rest spread out across the ditch,” said Lt. Richard Reeder, the commander of the Milan post.

The truck cab went into a field and the back half of the trailer was on the edge of the roadside, but the center of the trailer was suspended above the ditch.

The weight of the load — baby food — and the force of the crash caused the trailer to spit and spill its contents into the ditch.

Reeder said the driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center by emergency responders. A wrecking crew was called to remove the semitractor-trailer from the ditch.


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