Trucks, SUV collide Monday morning, closing I-75 north of Beaverdam

BLUFFTON — Southbound Interstate 75 was closed temporarily Monday morning following a traffic accident involving two semi tractor-trailer rigs and a passenger vehicle. Injuries in the mishap that took place between Beaverdam and Bluffton shortly before 9:30 a.m. were described as non-life-threatening.

According to a report from the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a semi tractor-trailer rig driven by Bobby Oliver, 70, of Washington, W. Va., struck the rear of a semi driven by Steven L. Rector, 50, of Inkster, Michigan, that had slowed for a road construction area on southbound I-75. Rector’s semi then struck the rear of a Ford sports utility vehicle driven by Keith Lennex, 36, of Sylvania.

All three drivers were taken to Lima Memorial Health System for treatment of what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Southbound traffic on I-75 was limited to one lane for much of the morning, as crews attempted to clean up diesel fuel spilled during the accident. By 1 p.m. Monday, both southbound lanes had been opened. A patrol spokesman said crews from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are expected to return Tuesday to continue clean-up efforts.

Seatbelts were in use by all parties, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation, according to the spokesman.

The patrol was assisted on scene by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Bluffton Fire and EMS, Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS, Allen County Emergency Management Agency, Beaverdam Fleet Towing and Blake’s Towing.

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