Lima police responded to what could have been a tragic accident earlier this month. On Tuesday, March 2, they were called to the scene of a Lima two-vehicle crash along the side of the road on Interstate-75. The crash happened in Bath Township at about 1:25 am.
Ohio Department of Transportation employee Caleb Varhees, 32, was driving a Ford F-450 pickup truck. He was off to the side on Interstate-75 right near mile marker 127. Varhees was in his ODOT truck at the time.
While Varhees was off to the side of the road, a semi-truck came barreling down the highway. The driver of the tractor trailer, 40-year-old Matthew Fought somehow lost control of his truck and drove into the driver’s side door of the Ohio DOT pickup truck. Unfortunately, Varhees was inside the vehicle at the time. He was quickly transported to the emergency room at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center. There was no update as to the man’s condition.
According to the police, Varhees’ truck had its emergency lights on. It also had arrow boards lit up as well. It would have been pretty hard to not see this DOT truck. The police don’t know what caused Fought to lose control. Thankfully, Fought was not injured at all in the accident.
The Department of Transportation has not released an official statement regarding the Lima two-vehicle crash. Police are investigating the accident. So far, they have confirmed that drugs and alcohol didn’t play a role in the crash.
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