SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – Police say a semi truck traveling southbound on U.S. 23 in Springfield Township crashed through a guardrail and fell into a creek on Hill Avenue between Holland-Sylvania and McCord roads.
The owner of Steve Wood Trucking LLC says the driver's name is Dwayne Emans. He was traveling the stretch of northbound 475-23 heading to Detroit from Tyson in Logansport, Indiana to make a meat delivery.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Emans was snacking on a peanut while driving and choked, which caused him to veer across northbound and southbound lanes off the bridge into the creek below. The OSHP is unsure if Emans lost consciousness or just stopped paying attention.
There is extensive damage to the cab of the truck, but officials say Emans walked away with only minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
"He's very lucky, because traveling 65, 60, 65 miles an hour, crosses over the interstate, and goes down the embankment and has minor injuries. He's very fortunate, very fortunate," said Lt. William Bowers of the OSHP.
Authorities say diesel fuel also spilled onto the road.
Hill Avenue is closed in a two to three block radius in both directions while crews wait for the EPA to clean up the fuel spillage. Drivers should avoid the area for the foreseeable future.