Two rollover accidents happened just miles apart Tuesday on Interstate 71 northbound, and one is under investigation to determine whether weather conditions played a role.
Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Mark Neff, commander of the Medina post, said that at approximately 1:34 a.m., a northbound tractor-trailer went off the road, striking a guardrail and rolling over at mile marker 215 in Montville Township.
About 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, another vehicle rollover was reported, also on I-71 northbound. The second accident occurred at mile marker 219 in Medina Township.
Patrol Sgt. Alan Dunbar said the report was incomplete but the driver was traveling “too fast” in the slick weather conditions and was issued a citation for failure to control.
No other information was available, Dunbar said.
In the early morning accident, Neff said the 2006 Volvo tractor-trailer’s power unit separated from the trailer after it hit the guardrail.
The driver, 27-year-old Ruslan Murvatayev of Elgin, Ill., was transported to Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital by a Life Support Team. His condition was not available Tuesday afternoon, but Neff said his injuries were “nonlife-threatening.”
Murvatayev was hauling chocolates, Neff said.
A citation has not been issued because the cause remains under investigation, he said.
“Road conditions were wet and snow could have contributed” to the accident, Neff said.
Montville Township police and the Medina Fire Department responded to the accident, which closed the northbound lanes of I-71.
Montville police Lt. Matt Neil said one lane of the interstate reopened about 8:30 a.m. and Valley View Towing pulled out the trailer.
Assistance also came from the Ohio Department of Transportation, which maintained traffic, Neff said.
At 9:06 a.m., all northbound lanes were open.
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