REPUBLIC - A Pennsylvania man was injured when he rolled a semi northeast of Republic Sunday night.
According to the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol, Dennis F. Long, 59, of Cranesville, was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
He had been driving a semi westbound on SR 18.
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A semi hauling drywall overturned on SR 18, northeast of Republic, Sunday night.
Lt. Brent Meredith said Long drove off the right side of the road, brought the semi back onto the road, overcorrected and rolled it.
Sgt. Angel Burgos said witnesses and a trooper assisted and were able to get Long out of the truck.
No citations had been issued Sunday night. Alcohol was believed to be a factor, Meredith said.
The semi, which was hauling drywall, landed near the yard of Gary Weller, 3614 N. SR 18. He said the home he previously lived in, which was built in 1867, was hit by a semi transporting hogs at 3 a.m. Oct. 9, 1962.
A semi hauling hogs could not continue on SR 18 due to the accident and was stopped near Weller's home Sunday night.
Weller said the accident that occurred 50 years ago pinned his wife's legs on the bed and destroyed their home. She still has scars on her leg from it, he said.
"We're lucky," he said.
Weller also was home during Sunday's accident.
"I heard it. ... I was watching television," he said.
The crash, which was under investigation Sunday night, shut down SR 18. Burgos said it probably would remain closed for a few hours.
Personnel from Green Springs fire, Republic EMS, Seneca County Sheriff's Office and State Highway Patrol responded to the crash, which occurred around 9:30 p.m.