Two transported in incident
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a three-vehicle crash involving two panel vans and a tractor- trailer Friday evening at Midway that resulted in injuries to the drivers and caused traffic on U.S. Route 33 to be rerouted. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
Ronald W. Lininger, 54, of Wapakoneta, and his passenger, Roy E. Lininger, 37, of St. Marys, each was transported by squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for minor injuries sustained in a previously reported three-vehicle crash Friday evening at U.S. Route 33 and Township Road 239.
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office report that Mr. Lininger was operating a westbound single-axle truck that was stopped at a traffic light, and was struck from behind by a single-axle truck operated by Ernest K. Mack, 50, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
The impact forced the Lininger vehicle into a semi-tractor trailer operated by Charles M. Shreve, 53, of New Knoxville. The Mack vehicle then glanced off the Lininger truck and struck the fuel tank of the semi, causing a diesel fuel spill on the roadway.
Logan County Haz-Mat crews responded to spread absorbent to clean up the chemical spill.
Mr. Mack reported possible injuries, but was not transported from the scene, and Mr. Shreve did not report any injuries.
Mr. Mack was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.
Damage was disabling to each of the vehicles.
Washington Township and Russells Point police also responded to the scene, along with Lakeview and Indian Joint fire departments, and BMRT, Robinaugh, Indian Lake and Huntsville EMS.
Traffic backed up for miles and law enforcement eventually closed U.S. Route 33 in both directions for nearly three hours.