NEWPORT — A Fort Loramie man was cited for an unsecured load after a Thursday afternoon crash resulted in a pile of spilled soybeans and gravel on state Route 66.
At 3:15 p.m., the hitch on a pickup truck driven by John J. Brandewie, 61, of rural Fort Loramie, malfunctioned, causing the trailer to swing into oncoming traffic.
Brandewie was towing a hopper-wagon filled with soybeans. He was headed southeast on state Route 66, Thursday, Feb. 22, when the wagon became detached. The wagon then traveled to the southwest, crossing the center line into oncoming traffic.
Thomas J. Lange, 65, of St. Henry, was operating a dump truck fully loaded with gravel headed northwest on state Route 66 when his vehicle struck the wagon. He lost control and then crossed the center line as the truck began to roll onto its right side.
Lange’s truck then struck a southeast-bounc vehicle on state Route 66 that was driven by Scott A. Langston, 55, of Versailles, before coming to a stop on its right side, facing the west and causing the gravel to spill across the roadway.
Langston’s vehicle came to a stop on the west edge of state Route 66 and sustained damage on the left side.
Brandewie’s vehicle was undamaged and stopped a short distance away. His hopper-wagon came to a stop in the roadway, overturned and was heavily damaged.
The soybeans and gravel were spilled and completely blocked the road in both directions.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Loramie Rescue, Fire and Police and Houston Rescue responded to the scene. State Route 66 was shut down from the intersection of state Route 47 in Newport to Rangeline Road throughout the evening.
Lange was transported by Fort Loramie Rescue to Wilson Health.
Langston was transported by Houston Rescue to Wilson Health.
State Route 66 was opened in the early hours of Friday morning.
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