WOOSTER – A Lexington man was injured Friday morning in a four-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 in Wooster Township of Wayne County.
Steven G. Sipes, 57, of Lexington, was transported to the Wooster Community Hospital with minor injuries.
Craigory Chatman, 49, of Cartersville, Georgia was transported to the Wooster Community Hospital with serious injuries.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol press release, the crash occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. Sipes was westbound on U.S. 30 in a 2019 Peterbilt Conventional tractor with a tanker trailer. He went off the left side of the roadway, traveling through the median and striking an eastbound commercial tractor trailer unit driven by Chatman. Chatman was operating a 2001 International commercial vehicle with a trailer.
The Patrol stated that Sipes’ vehicle came to rest off of the south side of the roadway and Chatman’s vehicle overturned coming to rest on its top. Chatman’s vehicle was torn to shreds from the contact with Sipes’ vehicle.
There were two other vehicles that sustained damage to their vehicles from debris from this crash. There were no injuries to the drivers of these vehicles and they were driven from the scene.
Chatman had to be extricated from the cab of his truck by Wooster Township Fire & EMS. Both men had their safety belts in use at the time of the crash.
A few minutes later, a secondary crash occurred within minutes of this crash at the same location which resulted in minor injuries to both drivers with one towed from the scene.
The Patrol said U.S. 30 was closed for several hours by the Ohio Department of Transportation to avoid additional crashes from occurring at the clean-up of the many vehicles on scene.
On scene assisting in this investigation was the Ohio Department of Transportation, North End Garage, members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Commercial & Licensing Section – Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspectors as well as officers from the Wooster Patrol Post and Wooster Township Fire & EMS.
The crash remains under investigation and no citations have been issued yet.
The Patrol reminds everyone to pay close attention when passing by crash scenes and remember patience is appreciated when delayed for these types of scenes.