Trucker taken to hospital after crash

Cary Ashby • Mar 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A truck dumped its load of small, metal objects after a roll-over accident Tuesday morning at the intersection of U.S. 250 and West Ohio 113.

"It was all scrap steel," Milan Township Fire Chief Brian Rospert said. "It was a lot. It definitely was a full load."

(NOTE - To see pictures of the crash, click HERE.)

Interstate Trucking was responsible for cleaning up the scrap steel. The Milan Township Highway Department assisted Interstate officials.

"As of 2:30 (p.m.), they were still cleaning up," Rospert said.

Eleven Milan Township firefighters in three trucks responded to the crash site upon being dispatched at 6:11 a.m.

"We were on scene until 9:30 (a.m.)," said Rospert, whose crew handled a diesel fuel spill.

"We stopped it and put absorbent on it. They hired an independent contractor to clean it up," the fire chief added.

Erie County EMA coordinated the clean-up of the diesel fuel and oil and contacted Chemtron Corporation to handle the hazardous materials. The Ohio Department of Transportation also responded and set up work zones for the workers.

Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol handled the crash investigation. The accident happened at 6:06 a.m. One lane of U.S. 250 opened up about 9:30 a.m. and all lanes were open at 3:28 p.m.

The 1993 Peterbilt semi driven by owner/operator Todd Elam, 42, of Tipp City, was eastbound on Ohio 113 before the crash. Troopers said Elam lost control as he attempted to turn onto U.S. 250.

The truck rolled over and stopped on its right side, spilling the load of scrap metal onto the northbound lanes of U.S. 250 and the center median. Elam was pulling a 1975 Fruehauf trailer that was carrying about 42,000 pounds of scrap metal.

"The driver stated he was unfamiliar with the area and his atlas showed that Ohio 113 only made a slight jog between the Ohio 113 east and Ohio 113 west junctions. He came to the stop sign at U.S. 250 and was unable to stop and attempted to turn onto U.S. 250 northbound," troopers said in a prepared statement.

Elam was charged with failure to control.

"Basically, the patient was out (of the truck) when we got there," Rospert said. "He seemed a little shaken up."

North Central EMS transported Elam to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries.

The semi had extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Interstate.

Milan Police Officer Steve Lumadue assisted troopers and firefighters at the crash site.

"He just covered traffic control over there," Chief Bob Meister said.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office also assisted with traffic control.

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