2 semi crashes that closed U.S. 30 remain under investigation


First Posted: 11/3/2014

BEAVERDAM — The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate two separate crashes within minutes of one another Saturday that closed U.S. 30 in both directions for about two hours.

The first crash happened at 7:40 a.m. as 41-year-old Awcali Harare, of Minneapolis, was driving a tractor-trailer east on U.S. 30. He lost control of his truck on an icy overpass just east of Beaverdam, the patrol reported.

The semi jackknifed and slid across the median before striking a guardrail. The tractor overturned and slid into the westbound lanes. The trailer remained upright. There was a heavy debris field, the patrol reported.

Four minutes later, a second eastbound tractor-trailer driven by 33-year-old Jamie A. Stiger, of Newton, Wisconsin, lost control on the same bridge. It jackknifed and came to rest against the guardrail in the eastbound lane. The semi blocked the eastbound lanes of travel and sustained heavy damage, the patrol reported.

Neither driver was injured in either crash. Both were wearing seat belts.