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1 dead, 3 hurt after semi crashes on Ohio Turnpike



Published: Tue, January 24, 2012 @ 2:37 p.m.

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer veered into a work zone on the Ohio Turnpike, killing one worker and seriously injuring two others and the truck driver.

The crash this morning near Fremont shut down the turnpike’s westbound lanes about 30 miles southeast of Toledo and caused a traffic backup for several miles.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the crash occurred. A patrol spokeswoman says two highway workers and the truck driver were flown from the scene for medical treatment.

As traffic backed up, authorities were urging turnpike travelers to find alternate westbound routes. The patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation were rerouting traffic around the crash site.


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1Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Slow trucks to 50 MPH!
Reduce the daily hours they are allowed to drive.
More frequent drug & alcohol screenings OR...
more innocent deaths.
IF the industry threatens even HIGHER cost, replace all complainers with Mexican Trucks & Mexican Drivers & Mexican supervisors.

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2commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, Mexican drivers will really be safer!!! Hope that was sarcasim!!!

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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Superstar, if you are serious then you are clueless. The split speed limits caused more deaths than they ever prevented. Do your research. The only reason Ohio kept it was for $. The cost of all those drug tests you want, those come out of YOUR pocket too, in the form of higher goods and groceries. Same thing with the reduced work hours. Just how much would you like your food, toilet paper etc to cost??? The mexican trucks that were coming here running loose had MAJOR safety defects, and drivers that could not speak or READ english and paid NO attention to our state or federal laws. No matter what kind of vehicle is driven, there are going to be accidents. That is life.

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4vicarofhell(25 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

And they want to raise the speed limit to 70 MPH. All that means is drivers will be going 80. These semi-drivers speed through downtown Columbus going 65 in a 45 construction zone. I am sure they will lobby and get their way though.

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5CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Truck drivers do not even follow the same rules as car drivers vicar. They get too many tickets and their commercial drivers license is gone. That's why there is an increase of accidents. They made everything a points offense for the truck drivers so trucking companies must now hire newbies with NO experience( that dont know how to drive safely yet) to keep the industry going.

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