BOWLING GREEN — A Bluffton motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Monday in a multiple-vehicle traffic accident on Interstate 75 that was caused by a wrong-way driver.
Ryan Gleckler, 35, of Bluffton, was transported to Mercy Health-St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with undisclosed injuries following the mishap.
Trooper Jeffery Huffman of the Bowling Green post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was driving southbound on I-75 at approximately 10 p.m. Monday when he observed a motorcycle traveling north in the southbound lanes. Huffman moved onto the inside shoulder with his overhead emergency lights activated when his cruiser was struck by a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by Daniel Stover, 52, of Findlay.
Stover was ejected from the motorcycle. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to St. Vincent Medical Center. Huffman suffered minor injuries and was also transported to the Toledo hospital.
At the same time Huffman was intercepting the wrong-way driver, a 2020 Dodge Ram operated by Darrell Lanier, 58, of Lambertville, Michigan, was slowing in the right lane when it was rear-ended by a 2008 Kawasaki operated by Gleckler. The Bluffton man was ejected from the motorcycle. Lanier was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation, and impairment of the wrong-way driver appears to be a factor.