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Semi rolls over during crash, injuring driver

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

The state Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post is investigating a commercial vehicle rollover injury crash that occurred last night at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The crash occurred on U.S. 20 west of Wakeman Town Line Road in Townsend Township. 

Timothy R. McCarville, 58, of McCook, Neb., was driving a 1996 Kenworth Semi Truck pulling a 2003 Utility flatbed trailer carrying three coils of steel. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash was not ejected during the rollover. Due to his minor injuries, he was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and later released. The vehicle, trailer and load were all towed from the scene by Wilcox Towing.

McCarville was traveling west bound on U.S. 20 during a heavy rain when he hydroplaned, causing him to drive off the right side of the roadway. The commercial truck struck the ditch and due to the heavy load shifting, the entire unit rolled over. The tractor came to rest on its top and the trailer on its right side. As a result of the crash, there was about 80 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the ditch. The spill was contained and cleared by Spill Tek Environmental Services.

Due to the diesel spill and extensive removal of the commercial vehicle, trailer, and load, US 20 was closed for eight hours. The Ohio Department of Transportation executed a route detour due to the road closure.   

There is no indication of alcohol or drug involvement and the crash remains under investigation.

Assisting agencies included North Central EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation, Huron County EMA and Spill Tek Environmental Services.

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