WAPAKONETA, Ohio (WDTN) – A driver was taken to the hospital after a crash on US-33 Monday morning.
Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol say a white dump truck was traveling eastbound on US-33 around 9:50 am while a blue semi was stopped at a stop sign on the I-75 northbound exit ramp to US-33.
The semi did not see the dump truck approaching, pulled away from the stop sign, and was struck by the dump truck.
The dump truck hit the semi near the left rear trailer tires of the trailer, causing the dump truck to get tangled with the trailer.
The crash caused the semi to overturn onto its right side, and both vehicles slid into the grass median.
The dump truck driver was trapped inside the cab of the truck for about an hour.
Miller Auto and Mayse Towing and Recovery helped separate the vehicles so the driver of the dump truck could be removed.
The dump truck driver, 54-year-old Joseph P. Menster, of Delphos, Ohio, was taken by Mercy Health Life Flight to Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo, while the semi driver was not injured.
Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Wapakoneta Fire Department, Auglaize County EMA, Wapakoneta Police Department, and Botkins Fire Department all responded to the scene.