LIMA — U.S. 30 westbound between Interstate 75/state Route 696 and state Route 65 and the Slabtown Road overpass at U.S. 30 in Allen County will be closed indefinitely following a single-vehicle traffic accident there Tuesday.
According to the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. when a boom truck driven by Jason Randol, 34, of Green Springs, struck the overpass. The boom of the truck was not fully lowered at the time of the crash, which caused severe structural damage to the overpass.
The Ohio Department of Transportation said U.S. 30 in the stretch would be shut down for several days for emergency work on the overpass so workers can remove the damaged beam and bridge deck as soon as possible. The official detour is state Route 696 (Lincoln Highway) to state Route 65 and back to U.S. 30 between the villages of Beaverdam and Cairo.
The overpass will be shut down indefinitely, according to a report from the highway patrol. Traffic on U.S. 30 was restricted for a time, but the roadway is now open.
Cool Road, Thayer Road and Mayberry Road will be restricted to through traffic on U.S. 30 eastbound, according to ODOT.
The highway patrol was assisted at the scene by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Cairo Monroe Township Fire Department, Allen County Roads Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.