Multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 snarls traffic near Middle Point


MIDDLE POINT — A five-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 near Middle Point on Friday afternoon led to lane restrictions and slow-downs, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Lt. Jonathon Gray, commander of the Van Wert patrol post, issued a statement shortly before 3 p.m. Friday of a crash on U.S. 30 near the intersection of Middle Point-Wetzel Road, and a subsequent related crash near state Route 66 in Van Wert County.

A statement, released later that evening, explained Michael J. Grundy, 63, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, was driving his pick-up truck erratically. At various points he was unable to maintain his lane, driving the wrong direction and driving in the median. While troopers were trying to stop Grundy, he drove his vehicle into a guardrail just east of state Route 66.

Grundy was not injured. None of the drivers of the five vehicles he hit between milepost 22 and 26 were injured.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor, and the investigation continues.

Traffic was restricted to one lane in areas of the multiple crashes on the eastbound side of the roadway. The road was reported re-opened with vehicles cleared at about 4:45 p.m.

The Van Wert Post was assisted by Delphos Fire Department and EMS personnel, Big Daddy’s Towing and Knippen Towing.

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