July 24, 2016

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Semi truck driver freed 3 hours after state Route 3 crash

MONTVILLE TWP. — Firefighters have freed a male driver who was trapped in semi truck for nearly three hours following a two-vehicle crash this morning in front of Harvey Arabians farm on state Route 3.

Firefighters work to rescue a driver of a semi truck this morning who was involved in a crash with a farm tractor hauling a hay wagon in the northbound lane of Wooster Pike Road in Montville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Montville Police Chief Terry Grice said the semi truck and a farm tractor hauling a wagon of hay were traveling north about 7:25 a.m. today on state Route 3 between Good and Chippewa roads when the truck struck the tractor from behind. The impact caused the truck to flip over on its side across both lanes of the road.

Grice said the road in the area of the crash will be closed at least until 3 p.m. today.

The chief said the 49-year-old male truck driver is being transported by emergency helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.

John Harvey, 36, of 7487 Wooster Pike Road, was driving the tractor. He was not injured in the crash, Grice said. Following the collision with the truck, his tractor clipped a gas meter next to the road. Workers from Columbia Gas have secured the meter, which for a time was spewing gas.

The Medina County HAZMAT squad was called to the scene about 8:10 a.m. to handle the asphalt seeping from the semi truck onto the road.

The speed limit in the section of the crash at Route 3 is 55 mph. Grice said an investigation of the crash is ongoing.

Reporter Nick Glunt contributed to this report

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4048 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.

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