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Driver: No use crying over spilled milk

Courtney Astolfi • Dec 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The truck driver whose milk tanker overturned on Ohio 2 Tuesday night managed to hang onto his sense of humor despite some broken bones and a significant amount of pain.

“There’s no use crying over spilled milk,” David Demaagd told his daughter, Rose Peebles, from his hospital bed.

Demaagd, 68, of Spring Lake, Mich., was driving the tanker east on Ohio 2 when at about 8:30 p.m. it traveled into the median and overturned. The crash caused hundreds of gallons of milk, and some fuel, to spill onto the highway.

Demaagd was stuck in the wreckage for about 40 minutes before Huron firefighters could free him. Paramedics drove him to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then transported him by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

“It’s not a phone call I wanted to wake up to,” Peebles told the Register Wednesday. “He’s Superman in my eyes, and I always joke with him, ‘Superman never gets hurt’”

Demaagd is suffering from a broken rib and possibly a broken arm, said Vickie Demaagd, his wife. He ended up with glass in his eyes, and his face is now black and blue.

Vickie said she took the week off to complete her Christmas shopping and decorating, but her plans quickly changed after learning of the crash. She made the hours-long trek from their home near Lake Michigan to visit her husband in the hospital. She hopes he’ll be released today.

Peebles passed on a big “thank you” to the rescue crews who tended to her father.

“I’m just glad my mom was there with him (at the hospital),” Peebles said. “He’s got a lot of people that love and care about him, praying he gets better”

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said the crash remains under investigation.

The crash shut down both eastbound lanes of Ohio 2 near U.S. 6 Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning as hazmat crews worked to clean up the spill.

The highway was reopened after about four hours.

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