October 25, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
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Lodi man dies following crash on U.S. Route 42

The driver of a Ford F750 truck sits in his vehicle this morning after an accident with a minivan on a U.S. Route 42 bridge in Harrisville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)
The driver of a Ford F750 truck sits in his vehicle this morning after an accident with a minivan on a U.S. Route 42 bridge in Harrisville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

HARRISVILLE TWP. – An elderly Lodi man died this morning after his minivan collided with a Ford truck on the U.S. Route 42 bridge over U.S. Route 224.

About 8 a.m., a 2000 Pontiac Montana driven by Albert Bon, 78, was northbound on Route 42. A 2006 Ford F750 truck driven by Herbert Reichle, 58, also of Lodi, was traveling south on Route 42. Bon’s minivan entered a one-lane construction zone and was struck by Reichle’s truck in the southbound lane, according to Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Terrion.

Bon was taken by emergency helicopter to Akron General Hospital, where he later died. Reichle was treated at Lodi Community Hospital and released, reported Terrion of the Patrol’s Medina post.

Construction zone traffic was being maintained by a traffic signal.

Bon’s minivan skidded along the cement barrier separating the north and south lanes, and his vehicle came to rest on the divide, Trooper Nick Clemens said at the scene.

“It looks like he rode the wall for 30 to 40 yards and then struck the … truck,” Clemens said.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, the Patrol reported.

In addition to the Patrol and deputies from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, rescuers from Lodi and Lafayette Township responded to the accident.