Truck smashes into semi on US 23

A man was taken by Life Flight from the scene of an accident involving a semi in Loudon Township Monday morning.

According to State Highway Patrol, Damon W. Copley, 41, of Tiffin, was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 truck eastbound on TR 112 when he failed to stop, striking a semi that was southbound on US 23.

He was taken by helicopter to University of Toledo Medical Center, and his condition was not available Monday evening.

Sgt. Don Pratt of State Highway Patrol said it looked like Copley tried to stop because there were skid marks, but was unsuccessful. He said he had worked 12 hours and was on his way home, Pratt said.

“He says he fell asleep. Maybe he fell asleep and woke up,” he said.

The Ford F-150 struck the tires on the middle of the semi. Jacob Bosco, 27, of Arlington, Texas, was driving the 2012 International semi for Walmart southbound on US 23.

Copley had to be removed from the vehicle by Jaws of Life and other equipment.

“(They used) lots of tools to get him out,” Pratt said.

It was unknown whether Copley was wearing a seatbelt. The extent of his injuries also was unknown, although he was conscious and talking at the scene, according to the patrol.

Bosco was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, according to the patrol.

Charges were pending Monday, and alcohol and drug use were not suspected.

The crash was reported at 8:25 a.m. Monday, a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Personnel from Bascom EMS, Bascom Joint Fire District, the county’s Echo unit and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Chief Harry Miller of Bascom Joint Fire District said he called Fostoria Fire Division for additional manpower.