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ODOT truck involved in Medina Co. crash that killed one man

ODOT truck involved in fatal crash in Medina County


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A Cleveland man was killed on Tuesday as he struck a snow plow.

MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — A Cleveland man is lifeless after hanging an Ohio Division of Transportation (ODOT) truck on Tuesday morning. 

In response to Ohio state troopers, officers have been known as out from the Medina Put up of the State Freeway Patrol to analyze a two-vehicle crash on I-71 northbound close to state Route 83 in Harrisville Township early this morning.

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When troopers arrived on the scene,  they discovered a crash involving an ODOT snow plow truck and a 2019 Toyota Tacoma within the left lane of I-71. The truck was plowing snow within the left lane when it was hit from behind by the Toyota. 

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The Toyota driver has been recognized as 71-year-old Joseph W. Wheeler of Cleveland. The motive force of the ODOT plow was not harm.

Greater than 1,200 vans throughout the state’s seven million miles of highway are nonetheless coping with the onslaught of snow. Within the final two weeks, 11 ODOT plows have been concerned in accidents, in comparison with simply eight all of final winter.

“Individuals do not understand how a lot our drivers have stepping into within the cab of their truck,” ODOT spokesperson and former plow driver Crystal Neelon informed 3News. “They’re making an attempt to concentrate to how a lot materials they’re utilizing, to how a lot materials they’re placing on the highway method.”

Troopers need to remind drivers to be further cautious when driving on snow and ice-covered roads. Motorists ought to permit further driving time and preserve a protected distance between their automobile and the automobile forward, particularly when plows are on the highway clearing ice and snow.

In terms of driving close to plows themselves, on a regular basis automobiles are suggested to maintain a distance of a minimum of 10 automobile lengths. Additionally, bear in mind to go slowly, as a result of plow drivers need everybody to make it dwelling safely.

“Our snow plows are very heavy, they’re very sturdy,” ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks mentioned Tuesday. “If you happen to hit a snow plow, you and also you automobile would be the ones to come back out the worst for it.”

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