Driver killed in freak I-280 incident is identified

MILLBURY – The truck driver killed in a freak incident on Interstate 280 on Tuesday has been identified.

The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred today at 1:52 p.m. near Ohio 795 in Lake Township.

The preliminary investigation shows a Peterbilt semi-tractor-trailer combination, operated by Adam Chestnut, 49, Americus, Kansas, was driving southbound on I-280 when the trailer lost a set of dual tires off of one of its axles.

The dual tires went through the median and struck the cab of a northbound Kenworth semi-tractor-trailer combination, operated by Daniel Gardner, 69, Bad Axe, Michigan.

Gardner died at the scene.

Chestnut did not stop following the crash and he and his vehicle were located at a local truck stop in the area of the crash around 6 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Lake Township Police, Lake Township Fire and EMS, Freeway Safety Patrol, Wood County Coroner’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.