Ohio 13 was shut down for several hours, and a Huron Township man was airlifted to Toledo after a Ford Taurus collided with a semi Tuesday morning.
Robert J. Lynch II, 42, 2000 block Cleveland Road West, was heading south on Ohio 13 at 11:35 a.m. when he went left of center and collided with the 2006 Freightliner Conventional truck driven byTimothy A. Simon, 50, 5000 block Peru Center North,Monroeville, according to the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Simon's northbound truck careened off the right side of the road, sheared off a utility pole and flipped onto its side in a ditch next to a cornfield. Lynch's car went off the west side of the road, landing on aresidential lawn in the 2300 block of Ohio 13.
Lynch's white 1999 Taurus was a tangled mess of metal, broken glass and wires. A pack of Doral cigarettes and an orange lei rested on the passenger seat.
Lynch was airlifted from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where he was listed as stable, the patrol said. Simon was taken by ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Lynch and Simon both wore seat belts, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor, troopers said.
The state patrol and Erie County Sheriff's office shut down Ohio 13 between Scheid Road and Ohio 2 and detoured traffic for several hours as crews worked to clean up the crash site.
Simon was hauling 45,000 pounds of a paint byproduct, Erie County Emergency Management director Bill Walker said.
About 75 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck into a puddle near the cornfield, and a "minimal" amount of the paint byproduct leaked from the tanker, Walker said.
"We're not worried about that at all," Walker said.
Wikel Bulk Express, which owned the truck, pumped the paint byproduct into another tanker truck the company sent to the accident scene.
"The diesel fuel soaked down. It's not going anyplace," Walker said.
Capt. Paul Sigsworth of the Erie County Sheriff's office said the stretch of rural road where the accident occurred is not exceptionally dangerous.
"We don't have that many crashes there at all," he said. "Ohio 13 and Mason Road in the past has been a bad intersection, but that's several miles down the road. We've had several crashes there over the years."
Ohio 13 south of Scheid Road is also a trouble spot for accidents, Sigsworth said.