Findlay,OH : Fiery collision kills trucker, blocks I-75 on May,Thursday 31st 2018
A four-truck collision and fire on Interstate 75, south of Findlay, killed an Ohio man early Thursday and blocked both northbound lanes for hours.
The Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol said it was called at 12:48 a.m. Thursday to the crash, which occurred near the northbound rest area south of Findlay.
Troopers found four tractor-trailers were involved in the crash, with two on fire.
The patrol said traffic had come to a stop on northbound I-75 due to construction at the Ohio 15/U.S. 68 interchange. A truck driven by Mark S. Moore, 58, of Goshen, Ohio, failed to stop in time and struck a stopped 2015 Freightliner driven by Leroy A. Bennett, 47, of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the patrol said.
Bennett’s truck was pushed into the rear of a 2016 Freightliner driven by Kenneth R. Ezekiel, 63, of Greenville, South Carolina. Ezekiel’s truck was pushed into the rear of a 2016 Volvo truck driven by William E. Tucker, 58, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
Moore’s truck caught on fire, and the flames spread to Bennett’s rig, the patrol said.
Moore suffered fatal injuries, the patrol said. Tucker and Bennett were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by Hanco EMS, according to the patrol.
The Mount Cory/Union Township and Liberty Township fire departments spent hours extinguishing the blaze.
The crash remains under investigation.
Assisting at the accident scene were Dick’s Heavy Wrecker Service, Ed’s 24-Hour Wrecker Service, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
Ohio Department of Transportation crews spent most of the day repairing pavement damaged by the fire. One northbound lane was reopened first. Both northbound lanes were open by 5:10 p.m.
Fiery collision kills trucker, blocks I-75