Deputy diverts loose cargo from hitting traffic

By Frank Lewis

August 20, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain Robert Woodford says Deputy Matt Frantz was a bonifide hero Sunday when he put himself in harms way to save a disaster on an Ohio highway. A 2006 Ford F-450 truck and trailer, owned by New A LLC, out of Cincinnati, was traveling on U.S. 52, when the trailer latch securing a large spool of cable broke, allowing the cable spool to come off the trailer.

Frantz was west bound on U.S. 52 directly behind the trailer when the latch broke, sending the spool down the highway past Frantz’s cruiser, nearly striking the cruiser. Frantz advised dispatch the cable was rolling fast and picking up speed, and that there was traffic coming behind him in the direct path of the spool. Frantz feared the cable spool was an immediate safety hazard to oncoming drivers, so he thought fast, backed his car up the highway and struck the cable spool to force it off the road.

Frantz struck the cable with the right side of his cruiser, causing damage to this vehicle. However, he was able to get the spool stopped barely off the roadway, ending the safety hazard to oncoming drivers.

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