VAN WERT — Officials with the Van Wert post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have identified the two men who were injured when a semitrailer overturned Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 30 near Van Wert.
According to the patrol, the accident occurred at 5:25 p.m. when a 2016 Freightliner truck operated by Mohamed Saeed, 26, of Burnsville, Minnesota, was traveling westbound on U.S. 30 and went off the left side of the highway. The truck traveled through the median and entered the eastbound lanes of the highway before overturning, spilling its freight onto the highway. It came to rest in a ditch on the south side of the highway.
Saeed was partially ejected and was pinned under the rig. He was extricated and flown to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with serious injuries. He was in critical condition at the hospital Thursday evening. A passenger in the sleeper berth, Bennie McCurtin, 37, of Lawton, Oklahoma, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Van Wert Health.
The crash remains under investigation, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Neither the driver nor occupant were wearing seatbelts. Seatbelt use would have reduced the injuries, according to the patrol statement.
Eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 were closed for about an hour and a half.