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Fatal crash closes I-75 in Shelby County

BOTKINS — A Toledo man was claimed in a crash about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75 near Botkins when he lost control of his van on an icy bridge and was struck by a tractor-trailer.

The interstate remained closed at noon Tuesday and traffic was backed up for 12-13 miles, according to various news reports.


A crash involving two semis and a van early Tuesday on I-75 near Botkins killed Bret Wood, 46, of Toledo.WHIO-TV PHOTO | MICHAEL FRANZ

Troopers of the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report that Bret Wood, 46, of Toledo, was operating a northbound van and drove into the median and onto the southbound lanes. His van then was struck by a southbound semi operated by Dean Harris of Oshawa, Ontario.

The semi jack-knifed across both lanes of I-75, and then was struck by a second semi operated by William Hildebrand, 76, North Freedom, Wis.

Mr. Wood was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash ruptured the first semi’s fuel tank and spilled approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel onto the highway. The EPA was called to the scene.

A passenger in the van, Bernadette Woods of Toledo, was transported by squad to Lima Memorial Hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries.

Mr. Hildebrand was transported by squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital. Mr. Harris did not report any injuries.

Also assisting at the scene were Botkins and Anna fire and EMS departments, and Ohio Department of Transportation personnel assisted with traffic control.

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