Highway patrol officials blame strong wind gusts for toppling a tractor trailer and stalling traffic on U.S. 250 Monday afternoon.
A tractor trailer driven by James Bradley, 58, 2000 block of Richwood St., Toledo, overturned on U.S. 250 just in front of the Ohio Turnpike overpass in Milan Township.
Bradley was not seriously injured from the 1:40 p.m. accident. He told officers he was turning southbound on U.S. 250 off of the turnpike when a gust of wind blew his truck onto its driver's side.
"They had a witness who saw what happened and said that was pretty much what happened," said Sgt. Michael Knoll of the Sandusky post of the State Highway Patrol, explaining that Bradley would likely not be cited for the incident.
Knoll said other drivers reported winds lifting their vehicles off the road.
Bradley's 10,000-pound tractor trailer took up three lanes of traffic, on the interstate until 2:15 p.m. It took another 2 1/2 hours to remove the truck that was hauling auto parts to Norwalk.
The National Weather Service and Accuweather.com meteorologists said there were gusts up to 50 mph Monday.
Accuweather.com meteorologist Andy Mussoline said a storm system coming through Ohio later this week could create windy conditions, but not likely as strong as Monday's winds.