Crash sends ODOT worker to hospital with minor injuries

BATH TOWNSHIP — The driver of an Ohio Department of Transportation truck was hurt Tuesday when his vehicle was struck by a semi tractor-trailer rig.

Troopers from the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded at about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday to mile marker 127 on Interstate 75 after a northbound semi driven by Matthew Fought, 40, of Lima, drifted off the side of the roadway and struck the ODOT vehicle driven by Caleb Varhees, 32, of Cridersville. The ODOT truck, a Ford-450, was parked on the east shoulder of I-75 with emergency lights and arrow board activated. Varhees was inside the truck.

Varhees was transported to Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center with minor injuries.

Fought and Varhees were both wearing seat belts at the time, and drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be a factor.

The right lane of I-75 northbound was closed for about 90 minutes. The left lane was closed for approximately 20 minutes. Assisting troopers on scene were Bath Township Fire and EMS, Big Daddy’s Towing and Beaverdam Fleet Service.

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