City: Huron, Ohio
County: Erie, Ohio
Date of Accident: May 14, 2013
Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2010 Ford Eclipse / 2004 Chevrolet C350
Traffic halted on State Route 2 in Huron, Erie, Ohio, on May 14, 2013 at about 10:43 am, following a truck crash that occurred and resulted in injuries for a 65-year-old man of Elyria, Ohio. Police reports are that a 60 year old man, Steven Witt of Elyria, Ohio, was driving a 2010 Ford Eclipse SUV west on State Route 2 in the passing lane, while a 2004 Chevy C350 truck was being driven by a 55 year old man, Ricky Bartlebagh of Sandusky, Ohio, west on the same road in the driving lane. The driver of the truck merged into the passing lane to pass slower moving traffic, when the wind blew the tarp off the bed of the truck. The debris allegedly landed in the road in front of the SUV and on the top. The injured man was taken by another driver to University Hospital. The driver of the truck was cited for not securing his load.
The accident involved a SUV; in Ohio in 2010 there were 22,261 for sport utility vehicles which resulted in injuries. Huron, Erie, Ohio had a population of 10,530 in 2011, they had 24 injury crashes that resulted in 37 injuries. Those which occurred as a result of load shifting were 101 which caused injuries. Those accidents which involved tractor/semi trailers amounted to 1,875 which resulted in injuries. Accidents which involved cargo equipment loss or shifting amounted to 27 which caused injuries in 2010.