Semi driver suffers serious injuries in Van Wert crash

Semi driver suffers serious injuries in Van Wert crash
(Source: WTOL)

VAN WERT, OH (WTOL) - Two men from out of state were injured, one seriously, after a semi crash in Van Wert on Wednesday.

The crash happened on U.S. 30 near Lincoln Highway around 5:30 p.m.

Police say 26-year-old Mohamed Saeed of Minnesota was driving the semi carrying miscellaneous freight westbound on U.S. 30. Police say 37-year-old Bennie McCurtin of Oklahoma was in the sleeper birth of the semi.

Police say Saeed left the left side of the roadway, went through the median and entered the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30. The semi then overturned, spilling its freight onto the roadway.

Police say the semi then continued to slide until coming to rest in a ditch.

Police say Saeed was partially ejected from the semi and was pinned under the truck, and had to be extricated.

Police say Saeed was flown to St. Vincent's with serious injuries. McCurtin suffered minor injuries and was taken to Van Wert Health.

The eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 were closed for about an hour and a half due to the crash.

Police say neither man was wearing a seat belt, and that a seat belt would have reduced their injuries.

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