FINDLAY – A Toledo truck driver was killed in an Interstate 75 multi-vehicle crash on Friday morning. The crash closed the highway for nine hours.
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that occurred on I-75 northbound, north of Ohio 235 in Eagle Township at 2:44 a.m.
The preliminary investigation showed traffic was stopped on I-75 because of a vehicle fire ahead. Traffic was backed up approximately 4 miles when a Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer combination, operated by Jagdeep Singh Chohan, 33, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, struck the rear of a stopped Mack tanker truck, operated by Robert A. Borer Jr., 55, Toledo.
The impact pushed the tanker truck forward causing it to strike an International semi tractor-trailer combination, operated by Brandon L. Davis, 38, Charlestown, Indiana, and a Buick sedan, operated by Lorenzo K. Buckingham, 19, Toledo.
The Buick was pushed into the center median where it came to rest.
A short time later, a Kenworth semi tractor-trailer combination, operated by James L. Tolbert, 56, Flint, Michigan, swerved to avoid the multiple vehicles that were disabled in the roadway, running off the side of the roadway, where it struck the Buick before coming to rest in the median. The impact caused a steel coil to come loose from the Kenworth trailer, landing on the back of the Buick.
Borer Jr. died at the scene. Chohan and Buckingham sustained minor injuries and were both transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.
The patrol was assisted on scene by the Southwestern Hancock Joint Fire District, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, Hancock County Coroner’s Office, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, HANCO Emergency Medical Services, Liberty Township Fire Department, Dick’s Towing Service, Ed’s 24 Hour Service and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down for more than nine hours and have since reopened.
The crash remains under investigation.