December 20, 2014

Medina
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Tractor-trailer loses load, closes State Route 303 in Hinckley Twp.

HINCKLEY TWP. — A tractor-trailer lost a 36,000-pound steel coil Thursday morning on state Route 303.

The semi was westbound on Route 303 when it failed to make it up a hill, rolled backward into the woods and a 36,000-pound steel coil dislodged from the truck bed, Hinckley Police Chief Tim Kalavsky said.

Workers get a crane ready with counterweights before lifting a 36,500-pound steel coil out of the woods after it fell off a truck Thursday in an accident on Center Road in Hinckley Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Workers get a crane ready with counterweights before lifting a 36,500-pound steel coil out of the woods after it fell off a truck Thursday in an accident on Center Road in Hinckley Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

No one was injured, he said, but the road was closed to traffic twice — once because of the accident and again when a crane was brought in Thursday night to remove the coil from it about 30 feet off the road.

Kalavsky said the truck, which couldn’t make it up a hill in the 100 block of Center Road around 10:45 a.m., most likely stalled out before rolling backward and crashing into trees.

Scott Reed, 25, was driving the truck belonging to Black Swamp Transport LLC out of Ottawa. Kalavsky said Reed had not been cited Thursday, but charges are pending.

Kalavsky said it was possi­ble there was too much weight on the truck for it to make it up the hill.

“Those (coils) weigh a con­siderable amount,” he said. “They need special equip­ment.”

A tag on the coil lists its weight as 36,000 pounds.

After the truck was cleared, the road was reopened around 3 p.m., authorities said, but had to be closed again around 7 p.m. to make way for the crane.

As of press time, the road was still closed about a half­mile in each direction from the 100 block of Center Road, but it was expected to be reopened by the end of Thursday.

Kalavsky said the accident remains under investigation.

The Medina County Sher-iff’s Office and the Ohio High­way Patrol also responded to the scene.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.