Your News Now at Six Update - 10/9/19
A Canadian truck driver was killed during a chain reaction crash just north of Beaverdam.
Lima troopers say 24-year-old Bhardwaj Vidit of Ontario was pronounced dead at the scene. He was driving a semi that slammed into the back of another tractor-trailer, starting a pileup involving another car and pickup. The post says the vehicles were all slowing down in a construction zone at the time. The other truck driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out. All other injuries were said to be minor. The right lane of the interstate was closed for several hours.
Troopers say everyone was wearing their seatbelts.
Media Release from Lima Post Ohio State Highway Patrol: 10/9/2019
Richland Township – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a four vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Interstate 75 just north of Beaverdam, in Allen County.
On October 8, 2019, at approximately 5:46 P.M. troopers responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash. A 2019 Chevrolet Impala, operated by Quincy M. Salcido, age 23, of Van Wert, and a 2017 Ford F-350, operated by Richard L. Fender, age 66, of Tipp City, were both stopped in traffic. Traffic was backed up due to a construction zone transition lane closure just south of the crash scene. A 2014 Volvo semi tractor-trailer, operated by Wisam Dawood, age 34, of Belleriver, Ontario was slowing down as he approached the stopped traffic when a 2019 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, operated by Bhardwaj Vidit, age 24, of Brampton, Ontario struck the rear of Mr. Dawood’s trailer, which was pushed into Mr. Fender’s pickup truck, which then struck the rear of the Mr. Salcido’s vehicle.
The Freightliner was partially separated from the trailer. The trailer and part of the tractor of the Freightliner came to final rest off the right side of the roadway. The Volvo semi and trailer came to final rest against the concrete median barrier along with the other part of the Freightliner tractor. The Ford F-350 came to final rest in the roadway, while the Chevrolet Impala was pulled off the roadway.
Bhardwaj Vidit was pronounced dead on scene by Allen County Coroner Investigator Heather Lee. Wisam Dawood was transported by Bath Township EMS to Lima Memorial Hospital with suspected minor injury. Richard Fender and Quincy Salcido were treated on scene, but claimed no injury and were not transported. A passenger in Mr. Fender’s vehicle, Mary J. Fender, age 67, of Tipp City was also treated on scene, but claimed no injury. All persons involved were reportedly wearing a seat belt. Alcohol or drugs is not suspected to be a factor. The right lane was closed for several hours.
The Lima Post was assisted on scene by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Beaverdam Fleet, A&D Towing, Minich Truck Repair, Miller’s Towing, Beaverdam Richland Fire and EMS, Bath Township EMS and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to be vigilant in and also approaching construction zones where traffic may be slow or stopped, and to avoid all distractions while driving.
Story Posted on 10/8/2019
Crews are still on the scene of a multi-vehicle pileup on I-75 just outside Beaverdam.
Details are still incomplete, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the call came in at 5:48 on Tuesday afternoon, reporting a crash in the southbound lane of the interstate, at mile marker 135. It's believed at least 4 vehicles were involved, as well as a boat and a trailer. Multiple squads were called in, transporting some from the scene. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says one southbound lane has been re-opened, but the other is still closed. At one point southbound traffic was tied up for several miles.
We will have more information it becomes available.