LIMA — The southbound lane of Interstate 75 just south of Lima was closed Friday for about an hour after a semitrailer jackknifed near the Breese Road exit.
According to a spokeswoman with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the southbound lane of the interstate was blocked when the semi, bearing NAPA Transportation markings, jackknifed at about 11:33 a.m. Friday near mile marker 122. The roadway was reopened to traffic at 12:34 p.m.
The semi reportedly rig slid off the left side of the roadway and damaged the highway barrier cables along the interstate. Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation were dispatched to the scene to loosen the cables and to allow a wrecker to return the semi to the roadway, according to a state patrol dispatcher.
The driver of the truck, whose name was not available Friday, was not injured.
A patrol spokeswoman said at mid-afternoon Friday that troopers were responding to “multiple other vehicles” that left the roadway in the “general area” of the location of the jackknifed truck.
Platoon Chief John Norris of the Shawnee Fire Department, who was among firefighters who responded to the scene of the semi crash, said a second accident occurred at about 1 p.m. involving two semitrailers and three other vehicles. That accident took place “about three quarters of a mile south” of the site of the jackknifed semi, Norris said.
No additional information was available.
Heavy rains that descended upon Allen County may contributed to the rash of traffic accidents, causing vehicles to hydroplane on the interstate, according to one observer.
A woman who answered the phone at the Lima patrol post Friday afternoon said no one was available to provide additional details about the incident.
“There are a lot of crashes right now; everyone is out” of the office, she said.