OTTAWA — A semi trailer and truck failed to negotiate a turn and damaged the railroad crossing gate Thursday morning on state Route 65, north of Ottawa, near the intersection with Road 7-D.
According to Mark Brecht, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, at 8:35 a.m. Thursday Larry G. Ryals, 68, of Coats, North Carolina, was driving his semi northbound on state Route 65 when he failed to negotiate the curve and struck the railroad crossing gate tearing it from its mooring.
“The truck entered into the curve at a speed greater than what he was able to maintain control at, and he went off the lefthand side of the road and struck the actual railroad crossing and hit the railroad crossing arm system and dislodged it from its pedestal,” Brecht said.
There were not injuries reported, Brecht said. CSX was called to inspect the tracks and crossing gate and make sure the area was safe for drivers to use.
Ottawa Fire Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Meyer’s Auto & Towing, Glandorf, CSX and Ohio Department of Transportation responded.