Overturned semi closes lane of Interstate 75 for hours


By Alexandra Newman - anewman@aimmedianetwork.com



SIDNEY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the case of an overturned semi-trailer on northbound Interstate 75 Monday afternoon that had traffic backed up for hours.

The personal injury traffic crash occurred near mile post 90, just south of Sidney, taking out the Shelby County Fairgrounds sign.

At approximately 3:29 p.m. the semi-tractor trailer, traveling northbound in the right lane of travel in a construction zone, veered off the east edge, lost control, and overturned into a ditch on its right side.

The driver was transported by Sidney Medic Squad to Wilson Hospital where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries, according to the highway patrol.

The driver was identified as Bradley Rex Champion, 54, of Montpelier, Ohio. He was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control. Knight’s Towing Service helped with the removal of the commercial vehicle and the right lane of Interstate 75 northbound was closed until approximately 10 p.m.

The semi was carrying boxes of Brillo Pads and when the towing service successfully got the truck upright again, a large quantity of boxes spilled out onto the side of the highway and into the ditch. The highway was closed for an even longer amount of time because of the spill.

Interstate 75 was backed up all the way to Piqua, about seven miles.

The Sidney Police Department, Sidney Fire Department, Sidney Medic Squad, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

By Alexandra Newman

anewman@aimmedianetwork.com