Rollover accident temporarily closes part of I-75

VAN BUREN —  Thousand of pounds of steel coil rolled into Rocky Ford Creek along Interstate 75 between Van Buren and North Baltimore after a rollover accident early Wednesday morning, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The 6:20 a.m. accident caused a three-hour standstill for traffic on the interstate, according to the patrol, and the state Department of Transportation had a detour routed through Van Buren to Ohio 18 and back to the highway.

John V. Chapa, 41, of Rudolph, was driving a 1979 Peterbilt tractor-trailer north on the interstate past the Ohio 613 exit when he drove into the median, according to the patrol. He drove back onto the road, the vehicle rolled and lost two steel coils, 40,000 pounds each.

The truck cab and trailer then separated, and the trailer landed upside down in the middle of the highway’s northbound lanes. The truck cab landed on its right side off the east side of the road, and the two coils rolled north into the creek.

The vehicle was heavily damaged on the right side, and the trailer was demolished. They were towed by Dick’s Towing, Findlay. A crane was brought in to pull the coils from the creek.

Chapa was cited for failure to control a vehicle, the patrol said.

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