New Philadelphia, Ohio (WTUZ) – Motorists traveling on US 250 through New Philadelphia were held at a standstill for almost two hours during rush hour traffic yesterday.
Sgt. Franke of the New Philadelphia Ohio State Highway Patrol said a crash occurred just after 6:00 pm near mile marker 15.
“Two vehicles, westbound on US 250 in the right lane, it’s a four-lane roadway near milepost 15. It involved a semi-truck and a pickup truck. The pickup truck rear-ended the semi-truck.”
Lt. Robert Snyder of the New Philadelphia Fire Department said his crews did not have to extricate the driver from his Dodge pickup truck.
“The fellow was already out of the vehicle. The full-size pickup truck had basically gone underneath the tractor trailer and sheared off the bumper of the tractor-trailer and going far enough under that it actually hit the rear rim of the tractor-trailer.”
MedFlight was called for the driver of the pickup truck. He was flown to Akron General Hospital with unknown injuries.
The semi-truck driver was cited for slow speed or impeding traffic.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. - Michele Spring Reporting