|Driver identified in fatal US 24 crash|
|Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:42 AM|
CECIL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a multiple vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Feb. 5, 2013 at approximately 7:59am on US 24 at County Road 87 in Crane Township, Paulding County.
Dead is Ashley A. Messmann, age 28, of Paulding.
Troopers said Messmann was driving a 2000 Chevy Blazer northbound on County Rd. 87. Dale D. Janssens, age 41, of Monroe, Mich., was driving a 2007 Volvo semi-truck and trailer eastbound on US 24. Messmann attempted to cross US 24 and was struck by the eastbound Volvo semi-truck. The Volvo was hauling a tanker carrying 97% ethanol liquid. The tanker was ruptured in the crash and approximately 1,500 gallons of flammable ethanol liquid leaked into the median. The hazardous spill posed no immediate threat to the local community and was contained by multiple fire departments and the EPA.
Vehicles traveling east and westbound began to take evasive action to avoid the initial crash, resulting in seven more crashes. The seven additional crashes resulted in nine individuals being transported to numerous hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Fourteen vehicles were involved in the crashes; 11 commercial vehicles, two passenger cars and a pickup truck hauling excavating equipment.
At the time of the crash, visibility was reported to be less than 100 feet due to the heavy fog.
The driver of the 2000 Chevy Blazer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Paulding County Coroner.
US24 remains closed while the EPA remediates the hazardous spill.
The Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, multiple fire and EMS departments, Paulding and Defiance County’s Emergency Management Agencies, Ohio Department of Transportation, the Red Cross and the EPA.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash and seatbelt use is not known at this time. The crash remains under investigation.
|Last Updated on Thursday, February 07, 2013 4:07 PM|