By Frank Lewis
SOUTH WEBSTER - Ohio 140, near South Webster, was expected to be closed most of the day Thursday after a semi tractor trailer rig crashed leaving garbage strewn over a large area of the highway. At the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m., Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Dave Richendollar was busy measuring the distance of the crash.
“WNA Trucking was eastbound on State Route 140, and it’s still under investigation,” Richendollar told the Daily Times at the scene. “The initial investigation appears that speed was a factor in the crash. He was hauling a load of trash. The truck overturned, throwing the trash into the creek and alongside the guardrail.”
The truck was on its side and workers were contemplating what action to take to remove the truck from the roadway.
“The driver was removed,” Richendollar said. “He got out of the truck but they flew him to St. Mary’s (Huntington, West Virginia), it looks like with non-life threatening injuries.”
The Portsmouth Post of the OSHP later identified the driver as David Ramey Cordell.
Ohio 140 was closed for several miles with only local traffic allowed on it.
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