July 24, 2016

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Truck hauling shingles overturns on Route 3

The driver of this overturned semitrailer said a distracted driver was to blame for his vehicle going into a ditch Tuesday morning on state Route 3 in Seville. The driver was not injured. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

SEVILLE — A semitrailer driver said a distracted motorist is to blame for his rig rolling over in a ditch along state Route 3 Tuesday morning.

John Rainey, 59, of Seward, Pa., said he tried to pass a slow-moving car with its hazard lights flashing while headed south on the state highway about 11 a.m.

When the car’s driver tried to turn left, Rainey said he veered off the road to avoid a collision.

“My heart almost stopped when I saw her start to turn,” he said.

Rainey said the other car was a dark-colored Ford Fusion that was driving about 40 mph in a 55-mph zone.

His tractor-trailer skidded off the road and rolled over into a ditch in front of a house in the 7900 block of Wooster Pike (Route 3), coming to rest with the driver’s side smashed on the ground.

Rainey, a driver for M&C Trucking based in Seward, walked away from the crash with no apparent injuries.

“I just rode her out and climbed out the top,” he said. “Eighteen years and that’s my first accident.”

Rainey was hauling 48,300 pounds of roof shingles from Owens Corning in Medina to a site in Gallitzin, Pa. The shingles spilled out and the truck bed struck a telephone pole, causing significant damage.

An Ohio Highway Patrol dispatcher said the report indicates Rainey was not cited.

M&C Trucking declined to comment.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.