Semi, trailer overturn; SR 12 closed for hours

BETTSVILLE – A man was injured after he lost control of his semi and it overturned in Liberty Township Wednesday morning.

Paul D. Stultz, 37, of Avon Lake, was driving a Sterling semi and trailer eastbound on SR 12. Trooper Jim Van Camp of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said he was eating a sandwich and apparently took his eyes off the road.

The semi and trailer went onto the berm and off the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a telephone pole and overturned onto its right side.

Bettsville EMS checked Stultz at the scene, and he initially declined to be transported to a hospital. About 1 p.m., Bascom EMS was summoned to transport the driver to Mercy Tiffin Hospital, according to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Stultz was cited with failure to control and no safety belt, Van Camp said.

The trailer was hauling about 44,000 pounds of automotive parts and was on its way from Bluffton to Avon Lake.

Personnel from Bettsville and Kansas fire departments, Bascom and Bettsville EMS, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s Echo unit and State Highway Patrol responded to the accident, which occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

SR 12 was closed for several hours after the accident.