State Route 57 at Tower Road, between Poe and River Styx roads in Montville Township, closed to traffic from about 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday while Ohio Department of Transportation crews worked to extricate a mobile crane and box truck that were stuck in the mud.
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MONTVILLE TWP. — Morning commuters faced traffic delays on state Route 57 on Tuesday morning after a semi-trailer went left of center, forcing a mobile crane and box truck off the road, police said.
The incident occurred at 9:13 a.m. in the 7000 block of state Route 57, Montville police Lt. Matthew Neil said at the scene.
The incident began when a dump truck hauling stone at a nearby residence was “either in the road or too close the road,” Neil said.
A southbound semi-trailer then went left of center to avoid hitting the dump truck.
“That box truck was following the crane and both of those guys, so they didn’t go head-on with that southbound semi, went off the road a little bit and that mud sucked them in that soft grass,” Neil said.
He said the semi-trailer didn’t stop, and no injuries were reported.
“Neither one of those two vehicles made contact with each other, and neither one made contact with that semi,” he said.
The Grove mobile crane is owned and operated by Akron-based Frank Lucco Co.
Neil said Route 57 at Tower Road, between Poe and River Styx roads, was closed to traffic while crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation worked to remove the vehicles from the mud.
ODOT said the road reopened at about 1:45 p.m.
Neil said he was not aware of any citations against the drivers.
Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.