Both lanes of Baltimore Road in Defiance, from the westbound U.S. 24 exit ramp to the eastbound on-ramp, were temporarily closed this morning while crews cleared the scene of a semi crash under the U.S. 24 overpass.
According to troopers of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Defiance post, the road was expected to reopen at 7 a.m. and close again at 9 a.m. for wrecker crews to remove the cab and trailer from the site.
Troopers reported that at 1:02 a.m. today, a semi truck driven by Steven Bean, 34, Indianapolis, was eastbound on U.S. 24 and drove off the left side of the overpass, coming to rest along the CSX Railroad track below, which runs parallel to Baltimore Road. The trailer was carrying general freight, which was being cleared from the scene this morning.
Bean was taken by Defiance Fire Department to ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital. He was then transported via air ambulance to the Toledo Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition at 8:45 a.m.
Railroad traffic was stopped for approximately two hours.
Assisting at the scene were the Defiance Police Department, Defiance County Sheriff's Office, CSX Police, the Ohio Department of Transportation and troopers from the Van Wert post.
The crash remains under investigation.