ROSSFORD — A Florida man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after the load on the truck he was driving struck an overpass on Interstate 75 early Friday morning.
Lavoris Ruth, 43, of Miami Gardens, is in the Wood County jail after being charged with not having a valid operator’s license, driving an over dimensional vehicle and for leaving the scene of a crash, all misdemeanors.
He also did not have a permit for his load, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Bond had been set at $20,000 but was later reduced to $7,500.
The Bowling Green Post of the patrol is investigating the multi-vehicle injury crash that occurred at 1:45 a.m.
The preliminary investigation shows a Peterbilt semi-tractor trailer combination, operated by Ruth was driving northbound on I-75 when the load, which was the base of an intermodal container crane, struck the Lime City Road overpass.
The impact caused debris to strike another vehicle, causing minor injuries to the driver. Additionally, several more vehicles struck debris that was laying in the roadway following the initial crash.
Another driver was injured when he fell outside his vehicle.
After the crash occurred, Ruth did not stop and a witness, who was initially struck by debris, followed Ruth and notified law enforcement officers of his location, east of I-75 in the area of the Ampoint complex.
Ruth was cleared at a local hospital before being incarcerated.
The I-75 northbound lanes were closed near Lime City Road, where the overpass was struck, all day on Friday. The goal to get them reopened by midnight, ODOT said in a news release.
ODOT crews were working with a contractor, ES Wagner, to remove a portion of the bridge deck and beams damaged in the crash.
“I-75 is one of the busiest freight routes in the country and we are working hard to get traffic moving again as soon as possible, but we will not sacrifice safety for convenience,” said ODOT District 2 Deputy Director Pat McColley.
The northbound ramp from the Ohio Turnpike to I-75 is also closed.