AVERY Authorities closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 250 for about 2 1/2 hours Monday afternoon after winds caused a tractor-trailer to overturn near the Ohio Turnpike.
James R. Bradley, 58, of Toledo, was treated for minor injuries to his back and knee at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and released.
As Bradley rounded a curve on the turnpike exit ramp to enter U.S. 250, a crosswind pushed the 1999 Freightliner he was driving onto its left side, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post.
Bradley was pulling a 53-foot long enclosed trailer loaded with stamped vehicle parts. Troopers said there was no apparent damage to the auto parts, but the truck sustained heavy damage to its entire left side.
The driver, who was wearing his seat belt, was heading from Cleveland to Norwalk. Bradley was not cited.
Trooper Shane Zhender said circumstances like Monday's near the turnpike don't happen very often.
"It's a very unusual circumstance," he added.
Drugs and alcohol aren't considered factors in the crash.
The Ohio Department of Transportation assisted troopers with traffic control and detours. The Erie County Sheriff's Office, Milan Township Fire Department, Ohio Turnpike Commission Maintenance Department and Maags Towing also responded to the crash site.