A semi-tractor trailer crash on the Ohio Turnpike near Wauseon was not related to high winds, Terrell Campbell, a sergeant with the Toledo Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Lauren Hakos, marketing and communications manager for the Ohio Turnpike Commission, said there was a travel ban in place for certain types of vehicles from 5 pm, Monday, Oct. 29, to 8:30 am the following day.
During that period, high winds driven by Hurricane Sandy were ripping through the area.
The ban extended to triple-trailer trucks, double-trailer trucks more than 90 feet long, and boat and horse trailers pulled by cars or trucks.
Also, any vehicle in which a person can stand up inside, such as a large motor home, was included in the ban.
However, the ban did not extend to conventional semis.
Campbell said at about 8:55 am, the semi, driven by Qin Xianoun, 38, Arcadia, Calif., with co-driver Hu Shiping, 50, Gabriel, Calif., was traveling west on the turnpike, carrying 15,000 pounds of office supplies from New York to California.
The semi went out of control, drove off the south side of the road at the 36.4-mile marker, went through a guardrail, and into the median.
The tractor ended up perpendicular to the road, blocking part of the eastbound lanes.
The trailer overturned, spilling part of the load into the median.
Campbell said 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled, which will be cleaned up by a private contractor.
Campbell said the crash was not related to the high winds blowing at the time.
He noted sleet was falling, but the road surface was only wet, not icy.
The semi is owned by JT Express, Inc., La Puente, Calif.
“They’re a small trucking company. I talked to them, and they said they only have three trucks,” Campbell said.
“Now they only have two.”-Posted 10.31, 2:20 pm