April 23, 2014

Medina
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Man dies after flipping truck on I-71

MEDINA TWP. — A Euclid man died on impact this morning after flipping a 2007 Hino box truck along a southbound lane of Interstate 71 near state Route 3.

A Brookpark man died this morning after flipping a box truck along southbound Interstate 71 near state Route 3. The body of driver was entrapped in the truck for about an hour after the crash. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

A Brookpark man died this morning after flipping a box truck along southbound Interstate 71 near state Route 3. The body of driver was entrapped in the truck for about an hour after the crash. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Joseph Davis, 46, apparently lost control of the truck, veered into a guardrail along the left side of highway and flipped over about 8:20 a.m. today, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol report. The demolished truck, which was hauling insulation, came to rest on the driver’s side in the grassy median between the north and south lanes of I-71.

“He was going south and rode the guardrail for a pretty long ways,” Chief Mark Crumley, of the Medina Township Fire Department, said at the scene.

Lt. Josh Swindell, of the OHP, said the length of damage to the highway guardrail was between 200 and 250 feet.

The truck driven by Davis was from the insulation company IDI Distributors, of Brookpark, said Swindell. The victim’s body was entrapped in the truck for about an hour after the accident occurred.

Swindell was not sure if Davis was wearing a seat belt. He said there was no indication of alcohol as a contributing factor to the crash.

Two of three southbound I-71 lanes were closed for nearly four hours today as the OHP reconstructed the accident, Swindell said. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.

Responding to the accident were emergency crews from the Medina Hospital Life Support squad, Medina Township Police Department, Medina Township Fire Department and the OHP.

The accident remains under investigation, Swindell said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.