OSHP: Semi driver crashes into pond off US 30 after falling asleep

Ohio State Troopers say 38-year-old Larry S. Choice of Fort Wayne, Indiana was driving a 2017 Volvo semi and trailer eastbound on U.S. 30 when he reportedly fell asleep Wednesday night.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 2:33 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 10:17 AM

DELPHOS, Ohio (WFFT) — A Wednesday evening highway crash in Ohio shut down a portion of the road for nearly two hours after police say a semi driver went off the road and crashed into a pond.

Just after 9:45 p.m. troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a report of a semi that had crashed into a residential pond near the area of U.S. 30 west of Lincoln Highway, just north of Delphos.

U.S. Highway 30. File Photo

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Troopers say 38-year-old Larry S. Choice of Fort Wayne, Indiana was driving a 2017 Volvo semi and trailer eastbound on U.S. 30 when he reportedly fell asleep Wednesday night.

The semi ran off the left side of the roadway into the median and then entered the westbound lanes of travel in the wrong direction.

After crossing both westbound lanes of travel, the semi ran off the north side of the roadway, through a ditch, struck the right of way fence and then partially submerged into a residential pond.

Troopers said Choice was able to escape from the semi with help from the home-owner.

Choice reportedly told police he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash

They said drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be a factor.

Choice was treated by Delphos EMS for minor injuries.

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