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Authorities identify truck driver killed after collision with loose tires on I-280 Tuesday

A southbound truck lost tires on I-280 Tuesday afternoon. The tires crossed the median and collided with the cab of a tanker truck heading northbound in Lake Twp.

WOOD COUNTY, Ohio — A truck driver is dead after a crash Tuesday afternoon in Lake Township.

Dual tires came loose from the axle of a semi-tractor trailer heading southbound on I-280 near SR-795/Moline-Martin Road just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers told WTOL 11 on the scene.

The tires crossed the median and collided with the cab of a tanker truck heading northbound. The tanker truck driver died at the scene.

OSHP identified the driver as 69-year-old Daniel Gardner of Bad Axe, Mich., in a media release Wednesday morning.

The driver of the southbound semi-tractor trailer did not stop after the crash, OSHP said, and troopers sent a public request for help in locating them.

In an update Tuesday evening, OSHP said the southbound driver and semi-tractor trailer were located at a truck stop near the crash at approximately 6 p.m.

No charges have been filed at this time. 

The crash is under investigation, OSHP said.

Credit: John Juby/WTOL 11

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