Icy interstate blamed for pair of mishaps

Two accidents resulting in serious damages were reported over the weekend in Auglaize County by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Three commercial vehicles were involved in an accident near milepost 108 on I-75 at 9:46 a.m. on Saturday in Pusheta.

Michael Hartopp, 28, of Florida, was driving a Freightliner Cascadia cargo van and traveling 45 mph in a 70 mph zone when William Roache, 62, of Dayton, driving a Freightliner Cascadia cargo van, lost control on the ice covered roadway and slid into Hartopp. Roache was traveling 45 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Both vehicles traveled across the median, and then Roache proceeded to strike another vehicle, a semi-tractor trailer driven by Jason Roaden, 43, of Cincinnati, who was traveling 45 mph in a 70 mph zone in the southbound left lane.

All three drivers were wearing their seat belts and were not injured. All three vehicles sustained disabling damages.

Roache was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control, with unsafe speed reported as a contributing circumstance.

A seperate accident on I-75 resulted in injury after a driver hit a vehicle slowing down for a snowplow at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Duchouquet.

Joshua Vasquez, 35, of Elida, was traveling 60 mph in a 70 mph zone when Tyler Bame, 18, of Fostoria, hit his vehicle in the rear.

Vasques was driving a Plymouth Breeze, which sustained disabling damage. Vasquez suffered possible injuries. Vasquez’s passenger, Amy Vasquez, 33, of Elida, suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital.

Bame was traveling 50 mph in a 70 mph zone in a Ford Ranger, which sustained disabling damage. Bame was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.