A horrific truck crash accident that killed one and injured three pedestrians remains under investigation in the state of Ohio. The incident occurred on Thursday, November 17th on State Route 13 in the town of Greenwich. Though little is yet known about the accident, what is clear is that a semi-tractor driven by 62-year old William E. Brindle of Ashland, Ohio failed to stop for a flagger working with a tree trimming crew.
According to witnesses, the tree trimming crew had properly set up on the side of the road near mile post 6. The crew was using a 2004 International bucket truck and a 2012 Dodge pickup truck. Both were parked in the northbound lanes and the tree company had stationed a flagger holding a stop sign behind the crew of three. Brindle’s commercial semi-tractor was traveling northbound on that road, and though the flagger was holding a stop sign and was apparently clearly visible, the truck crashed into the vehicles and three pedestrians. When the collision occurred the tractor trailer caught fire. It was destroyed in the conflagration.
The incident caused the death of 34-year old Zachary T. Wagner who was flown from the scene of the accident to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he later died. Also injured were 50-year-old Calvin J. Hoover who sustained serious injuries and was flown by Promedica Air to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital and 28-year old Ryan A, Nidermeier who was transported to Fisher Titus Medical Center by North Central EMS. The truck driver was also taken by North Central EMS to Fisher Titus Medical Center, though his injuries were considered non-life threatening.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident in order to determine whether the driver of the tractor trailer was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. There are many things that can cause truck crash accidents, including driver fatigue, drivers operating their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drivers driving recklessly or carelessly, or being distracted by phones, GPS devices or other devices.