NORTH BALTIMORE  – A Toledo man was injured when the semi-tractor he was driving struck the rear of another semi-tractor combination on Interstate 75 in North Baltimore about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that Jeffrey A. Smothers, 61, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the crash which occurred near the Eagleville Road exit. He was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.

Troopers said Smothers was driving southbound on the interstate when he became distracted and struck the rear of a truck driven by Samson Samson, 68, of Kirkland, Quebec. Both commercial vehicles were in the right lane when the crash occurred. After impact, Smothers’ vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and came to rest in a ditch. Samson’s vehicle ran off the right side of the road and came to rest on the shoulder. Samson, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged. The patrol was assisted at the scene by the North Baltimore Police Department, North Baltimore Fire Department, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Wright Tire & Auto and Dick’s Towing.

Smothers was cited for failing to maintain an assured cleared distance, distracted driving and failure to wear a safety belt.

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