Truck crash clogs I-80

Two days in a row the Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to crashes involving trucks – two in Braceville and one in Southington.

On Thursday, a semi crashed into the rear of another semi when the driver fell asleep at the wheel while traveling on Interstate 80 just past the state Route 5 exit in the eastbound lanes in Braceville, the patrol said.

One truck was hauling construction debris and another six metal coils. The crash stopped eastbound traffic. Two lanes were reopened by 10 a.m., but troopers said the right lane of the turnpike was closed for several hours while crews cleaned up debris and removed the vehicles.

Both drivers, who were each wearing seat belts, were transported from the 8 a.m. crash to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

Both trucks were traveling east when one of the drivers, James Q. Reynolds, 29, of Illinois, who was operating a flatbed, fell asleep and hit the trailer of the semi truck in front of him, the patrol report states. That truck was driven by Dwayne L. Thomas, 42, of Garfield Heights. Both vehicles struck the guardrail and some trees, reports state.

Reports state that Thomas’ truck was hauling a garbage container loaded with shingles and nails. Reynolds’ truck was pulling a 2013 MAC Trailer loaded with six metal coils, troopers said. All six metal coils came loose from the trailer, according to the patrol.

On Wednesday, a truck rolled over onto the ramp at the same exit, blocking traffic for several hours.

Meanwhile, the patrol also was busy investigating a separate crash on Thursday involving two trucks in Southington. Troopers said a tank truck carrying water collided with a pickup truck at state Route 534 and Herner County Line Road around noon. They said no one was seriously hurt.

Troopers said all of the crashes remain under investigation.