Created on Saturday, 09 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Examiner delivery driver and circulation assistant Tony Topping’s daily trips to the newspaper’s printing facility in Findlay are typically uneventful, but a few of his drives earlier this week were exceptions to that rule.
Mr. Topping saw the aftermath of three separate traffic mishaps over a three-day period.
A truck stuck a tractor-trailer Wednesday in Dunkirk.
The first incident occurred late Wednesday morning on the north side of Dunkirk when a pickup truck operating on U.S. Route 68 went left-of-center and hit railroad tracks before striking a semi traveling in the opposite lane.
The force of the impact reportedly tore the truck’s bed from its cab and its driver sustained non-lifethreatening injuries.
Our driver and other motorists were detoured around the crash via secondary roads, which were snow-covered as Hardin and surrounding counties were still under snow emergencies at the time.
A second crash involving a car and semi Thursday morning north of Bellefontaine on U.S. 68 at the Hopewell railroad crossing resulted in minor injuries for a Kentucky man, as reported in Friday’s Examiner.
A Bellefontaine squad treated a Kentucky driver for minor injuries Thursday at the scene of a car-semi crash on U.S. 68 at the Hopewell railroad crossing.
The final mishap took place Friday morning when a combine fell off a trailer onto U.S. 68 near Fairground Road on the south edge of Kenton. Topping believes the axle of the truck hauling the farm implement may have snapped.
Mr. Topping has accumulated about 10 years of service with the Examiner and assumed full-time driving duties last May when long-time employee Bob Miller retired.
Topping, who’ll log about 31,000 miles during 307 trips annually, says he’ll be glad to leave winter weather in the rearview mirror.
Our sentiments exactly.
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A combine fell off a trailer onto U.S. 68 Friday on the south side of Kenton.