Driver killed when stone truck smashes into semi carrying bread

CARROLL TWP. A Wickliffe, Ohio, man died in a fiery two-truck crash Tuesday morning on Ohio 2, just
Jason Werling
May 24, 2010

 

CARROLL TWP.

A Wickliffe, Ohio, man died in a fiery two-truck crash Tuesday morning on Ohio 2, just west of Humphrey Road in Carroll Township.

The first truck, an Aunt Millie's bread truck, was stopped in the westbound lane because of construction when it was rear-ended by a second truck with a dump trailer filled with soil and stone, according to the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The second truck then veered across the eastbound lane of Ohio 2, landed in a ditch and burst into flames, troopers said.

"All I seen was a ball of flame, the whole truck -- there were quite a few people up there trying to help," said witness Dan Hanes of Townville, Pa.

Bystanders were unable to reach the stone truck's driver, Patrick F. Ardito, 55, because of the fire.

"You couldn't get close enough to do anything," said Roscoe Crawford, Meadville, Pa., who was hauling apples from Pennsylvania to Michigan when he saw the collision. "People were trying to get him out, but the fire was so intense they couldn't get to it."

The coroner pronounced Ardito dead at the scene.

The bread truck driver, William L. Skeels Jr., 25, of Maumee, was treated at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio, for minor injuries.

Ohio 2 was shut down for about nine hours in both directions east of Ohio 19 while the scene was cleared.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's office, Carroll Township police and fire departments, Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and Ohio Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.