PAULDING COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating two crashes involving three commercial vehicles that occurred early this morning on U.S. 24 in Paulding County. At 3:20 A.M., troopers were dispatched to the crashes which occurred almost simultaneously on U.S. 24 west of SR 49 in Carryall Township.
Two semis were heading west when one of them attempted to pass the other. During the pass, one of the semis sideswiped the other causing it to leave the road where it became engulfed in fire. The other semi pulled over and stopped on the berm. The driver of the semi that caught fire was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The other driver was not hurt.
A third truck was heading east on U.S. 24 following other traffic which was slowing due to the previous crash. The driver swerved to avoid the traffic and then struck debris from the previous crash. He lost control, drove through the median, across the westbound lanes of U.S. 24, and off the north side of the roadway through a right of way fence and into a farm field. The driver was not injured. The roadway remains closed during the scene clean-up effort and the Ohio Department of Transportation has signs posted redirecting traffic.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Antwerp Fire Department, Payne Fire Department, Antwerp EMS, Gideon’s Towing, and Paulding County office of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The crash remains under investigation. The westbound lanes of U.S.24 are expected to re-open within the next few hours.