WEST SALEM — An Amish man was seriously injured after he was ejected from his buggy, which was hit by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 42.
The crash occurred on U.S. 42 north around 9:10 a.m., just past the Ashland County line, into Wayne County.
Lt. Stephanie Norman, of the Wooster post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the Amish man suffered injuries to his head, legs and spine and was transported from Lodi Community Hospital to Akron General because of the severity of his injuries.
According to a news release from the OSHP, Nathan W. Sanford, 24, of Reading, Mich., was driving a 2012 Freightliner commercial tractor with a tanker trailer north on U.S. 42. He looked away from the road and when he looked back saw the Amish buggy, operated by Peter Swartzentruber, 35, of Polk. Swartenztruber was also headed north on U.S. 42.
According to the release, Sanford tried to swing away from the buggy, but his tanker trailer hit it, ejecting Swartzentruber.
Sanford’s tractor-trailer was blocking the north roadway and a portion of the southbound lanes of U.S. 42. The road was closed from 9:10 a.m. to after 3 p.m.
Sanford was evaluated by EMS while at the scene and was ultimately not transported by EMS to the hospital. Sanford was cited for failure to keep assured clear distance and for not wearing a seatbelt.
Swartzentruber was transported by Town and Country Fire and EMS to the hospital before being taken to Akron for further treatment.
The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Bear’s Towing, Town and Country Fire and EMS were all on scene.
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