FINDLAY – A Toledo truck driver was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 Friday morning. The crash shut down the highway for nine hours.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Findlay Post is investigating the crash that occurred on northbound I-75 north of Ohio 235 in Eagle Township at 2:44 a.m.
Preliminary investigation showed that traffic was halted on I-75 due to a vehicle fire ahead. Traffic was blocked for approximately 4 miles when a Peterbilt tractor-trailer combination, operated by Jagdeep Singh Chohan, 33, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, struck the rear of a stopped Mack tank truck, operated by Robert A. Borer Jr., 55. , Toledo.
The impact pushed the tanker forward, causing it to strike an International tractor-trailer combination, operated by Brandon L. Davis, 38, Charlestown, Indiana, and a Buick sedan, operated by Lorenzo K. Buckingham, 19 years old, Toledo.
The Buick was pushed into the center median where it came to rest.
Shortly after, a Kenworth tractor-trailer combination, operated by James L. Tolbert, 56, Flint, Michigan, swerved to avoid the multiple vehicles that had broken down on the roadway, running down the side of the roadway , where it hit the Buick before coming to rest in the median. The impact caused a steel coil to detach from the Kenworth trailer, landing in the rear of the Buick.
Borer Jr. died at the scene. Chohan and Buckingham suffered minor injuries and were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.
The patrol was assisted on scene by the Joint Fire District of Southwest Hancock, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, Hancock County Coroner’s Office, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office , HANCO Emergency Medical Services, Liberty Township Fire Department, Dick’s Towing Service, Ed’s 24 Hour Service, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The northbound lanes of I-75 were closed for more than nine hours and have since reopened.
The accident is still under investigation.