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3 hospitalized after pickup crashes into Ohio Turnpike truck with worker inside, OSHP says

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) – An Ohio Turnpike employee was injured when a pickup truck with two occupants crashed into a maintenance vehicle in an Erie County work zone, officials confirmed.

The Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said it is investigating the crash that happened at 8 a.m. on June 21 on the Ohio Turnpike near the 124-milepost in Berlin Township.

The preliminary investigation revealed an Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Ford pickup truck had its emergency lights activated when it was stopped on the shoulder in a Turnpike work zone, OSHP stated.

A 56-year-old man was in the Turnpike truck at the time, according to OSHP.

OSHP said a 22-year-old man of Joint Base McGuire-Dix in Lakehurst, N.J. was behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra when he dove off the right side of the roadway and struck the maintenance truck and portable arrow board.

The Turnpike employee, the driver of the Tundra and his 51-year-old passenger of Joint Base McGuire-Dix in Lakehurst, N.J., were all taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk in an ambulance, said OSHP.

“An Ohio Turnpike employee – who was involved in a crash today setting up a work zone on the toll road at milepost 124.6 westbound in Erie County – was transported to a local medical facility for evaluation and treatment.” Chief Engineer/Deputy Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Chris Matta stated. “We are fortunate that the worker’s injuries are not life threatening.”

The crash is still under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol listed the following agencies who assisted at the scene:

  • Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
  • Berlin Township Fire Department
  • North Central EMS
  • Madison Motor Service
  • North Interstate Towing and Transport Specialist

The Ohio Department of Transportation shared the following work zone safety instructions:

  • When approaching a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road, motorists are required by law to move over and slow down.

Raising awareness of work zone safety is a top priority for the turnpike commission. Everyone needs to drive safely in-and-around work zones by:

  • Establish a safe following distance
  • Follow the work zone speed limit
  • Avoid distractions
  • Pay attention to signs
  • Be prepared to slow down or stop

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