Two injury accidents occurred last Tuesday within a 20 minute period and just a half mile from each other on I-75.
The Northwood Police and Fire departments responded to the first accident, an injury crash involving seven vehicles at northbound I-75 between Wales Road and Miami Street at 2:12 p.m.
A silver Kia traveling north on the inside lane lost control when its tires got caught up in the snow that was along the center median wall, according to police.
The Kia, driven by 19-year-old Keith Logue, spun out and was facing south in the northbound lane, which caused a chain reaction leading four more northbound vehicles to crash. An additional vehicle lost control but did not sustain any damage. Another vehicle involved was not identified because it fled the scene, said police.
Logue was transported to St. Vincent Medical Center with unknown injuries. Another driver was also transported to St. Vincent Medical Center as a result of the crash with apparently minor injuries.
Northwood Sgt. John Romstadt said there is a higher rate of accidents on that stretch of I-75.
“We do actually have quite a few accidents there both north and southbound,” said Romstadt.
“For whatever reason, especially when the weather is bad, that is a very bad stretch of roadway between the Miami Street and Wales Road exits. I think people are just going too fast trying to manipulate a curve there, and it doesn’t work very well.”
A second crash occurred at 2:32 p.m. on northbound I-75, about a half mile south of the first crash near the Northwood, Rossford city limits that involved two semi trucks. The crash occurred when a tractor trailer ran into the rear of another slowing truck causing the rear truck to turn onto its side and trapping the driver. Traffic was restricted to one lane in both directions for a short time while fire and EMS crews extricated the trapped driver, whose condition is unknown.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation.