SWANTON — A home west of here was damaged when one of three vehicles involved in an accident Tuesday afternoon sideswiped it. Two injuries were reported in the crash and the highway was closed.
According to the Toledo post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 4:53 p.m., on U.S. 20A in Fulton County, two vehicles were westbound, west of County Road 3. One reportedly slowed to turn, but the second one driven by Kenneth Russel, 34, Toledo, swerved left of center to avoid a collision.
An oncoming eastbound semi, driven by Richard Armbuster, 56, Toledo, struck Russel’s vehicle and continued off the north side of the roadway.
A dispatcher confirmed that the semi reportedly drove through a yard and struck an unoccupied farm house, while Russel’s vehicle rolled over.
The semi’s trailer contained 98,000 pounds of rolled steel, which stayed in place as the trailer remained upright.
Armbruster was taken by ground ambulance to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Russel was taken by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, with non-life-threatening injuries. No information was available on the third driver.
U.S. 20A remained closed as crews worked to offload the steel rolls, explained the dispatcher. The highway was expected to be closed through Wednesday morning, noted the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, the fact that the semi reportedly lost its front wheels was making it difficult for crews to remove the semi from the yard.
Troopers reported that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and safety belts were in use.
The crash remains under investigation.
Assisting at the scene were the Ohio Department of Transportation, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Swanton Police Department, and Swanton Fire Department.