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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:30 pm

Two-semi collision leaves driver critical

Journal Gazette

One man was in critical condition and westbound U.S. 24 was closed for more than four hours Wednesday after a crash involving two semis in Paulding County, Ohio.

The crash occurred at 3:29 p.m. on U.S. 24, a half-mile west of County Road 115 in Paulding County’s Emerald Township.

The crash immediately closed both westbound lanes, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Daniel W. Guy Jr., 42, of Toledo was driving a semi west on U.S. 24 when he came upon a slower-moving semi driven by Maurice W. Waller, 26, from Philadelphia. Waller was pulling a loaded flatbed trailer.

Police said Guy did not slow down or change lanes and struck the flatbed trailer. Guy’s truck cab became separated from the frame, trapping him in the driver’s seat. The damaged semi he was driving became disabled across both westbound lanes, police said.

Waller’s trailer sustained moderate damage and was pulled to the berm. Guy was extricated from the wreckage and taken by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital where he was in critical condition. Waller was not injured, police said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the crash is under investigation.