June 30, 2016

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Lodi driver of flipped semitrailer is released from hospital

A driver was trapped in semitrailer for nearly three hours following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in front of Harvey Arabians farm on state Route 3 in Montville Township.

Montville Police Chief Terry Grice said Timothy Cox, 49, of Lodi, was northbound on the state highway, between Good and Chippewa roads, when his truck rear-ended a hay wagon pulled by a farm tractor at about 7:30 a.m.

Firefighters survey the scene of a crash Wednesday morning involving a semi truck and a farm tractor hauling a wagon of hay on state Route 3 in Montville Township. STEVE GRAZIER/GAZETTE

Cox lost control of his truck, which flipped on its side, blocking both lanes of the highway.

The highway was closed for about eight hours.

Cox was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

A hospital spokesperson said Cox was treated and released.

“He was alert and talking when freed from the truck,” the chief said.

The farm tractor was driven by township resident John Harvey, 36. He was treated for minor injuries, Grice said.

Harvey is an owner of Harvey Arabians, 7487 Wooster Pike.

Harvey’s tractor clipped a gas meter just off the road on the farm’s property. Workers from Columbia Gas secured the meter, which for a time was leaking gas, Grice said.

The Medina County HAZMAT squad also was called in to handle liquid asphalt that the truck was hauling, which spilled onto the roadway.

Grice said the crash is under investigation. The speed limit on the portion of the highway where the crash occurred is 55 mph.

About two dozen police officers and firefighters responded from Medina County, Medina city, Seville-Guilford and the townships of Medina, Montville, Lafayette and Sharon.

Reporter Nick Glunt contributed to this report.

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

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