A chain-reaction crash Monday on Interstate 75 south that involved four semitrailers sent two of the drivers to Lima Memorial Hospital.
The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m. just north of Ohio 67 when a commercial semi rear-ended another commercial semi in the construction zone on I-75. That resulted in two more vehicles being involved in the crash.
The Ohio Highway Patrol, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the state emergency management agency as well as fire and EMS crews from Wapakoneta, Cridersville and St. John's were dispatched.
According to the patrol, 26-year-old Tejinder S. Grewal of Brampton, Ontario, was struck from behind when he slowed his rig as he entered a construction area in Auglaize County.
Michael E. Nunley, 41, of Bon Secour, Ala., was following Tejinder but did not brake in time to avoid a collision, the patrol said Monday night.
"Another semi ... was following [Nunley] too closely and could not avoid striking [his trailer]," according to the patrol.
The semi that struck Nunley's vehicle was driven by 51-year-old David G. Smith, of Wapakoneta.
Nunley and Smith were taken to the hospital. Their injuries were not considered to be life threatening, according to the patrol.
The patrol said a fourth semi, driven by 54-year-old Kurby L. Huffman of Lehigh Acres, Fla., hit Smith's trailer and overturned as it went off the left side of the road. Huffman was not injured, according to the patrol.
The accident shut down the southbound lanes of the interstate for several hours. Traffic was rerouted at the East Main Street exit, according to dispatch reports.
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