UPDATE: Injury accidents blocked northbound I-75

Hazardous road conditions today contributed to a number of injury and non-injury accidents in the area.

The Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol responded to a six-vehicle injury accident at about 10 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75, north of Ohio 235 in Hancock County.

Walter Gordon, 42, of Smyrna, Ga., was driving a 2008 Chrysler Aspen and was stopped in traffic when he was struck in the rear by a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Amos Kadja, 44, of Pickerington, the patrol said. The truck began to jackknife and struck three other vehicles: a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Tamera Henry, 43, of Bluffton; a 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Yves Lefort, 48, of St. Chrysotome, Quebec; and a 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by James Steen, 59, of Findlay, the patrol said.

Due to that collision, Steen then lost control and slid into a 2014 Chrysler 200 driven by Abdiaziz Awale, 50, of Ontario Canada.

Awale was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the patrol said.

The crash is currently under investigation and no citations have been issued.

In the same area at about 10 a.m., the state patrol responded to two other injury accidents. Two people were hurt and were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, the patrol said.

The crashes occurred when several tractor-trailers jackknifed and ended up in the median, the patrol said. Other northbound motorists tried to slow and either slid into the median or off the right side of the road.

A straight truck driven by Hao Liu, 56, of Cincinnati, was northbound and slid to the right into a ditch and ended on its left side. Liu reported an injury to his left side and was treated and released at Blanchard Valley, the patrol said.

An International bobtail truck driven by Lydia Kumm of Curwensville, Pa., slid into the median. A 2009 Subaru Outback driven by Kim Broomhall, 56, of Kettering, also slid off I-75 and hit the bobtail truck, the patrol said. Broomhall reported pain in her back and neck, and was treated and released at Blanchard Valley. Kumm was not injured. 

The accidents closed the northbound lanes of I-75 for about an hour and a half.

Troopers also were called to assist at a number of non-injury accidents, such as cars sliding off the roadway.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rollover accident with an injury this afternoon, and the victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital. No further details were available.

Henry, Putnam, Allen and Hancock County sheriff’s offices all reported a busy day dealing with mostly non-injury accidents.

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