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Area law enforcement and safety services responded to a rollover accident Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 near the Cridersville exit after a vehicle containing the pyrotechnic equipment of two nationally known rock bands crashed.
A semitrailer carrying the equipment for rock bands Motley Crue, popular during the 1980s and early 1990s, and KISS, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, lost control in the northbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 118 between Wapakoneta and Cridersville after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The driver, Charles Lamb Jr., of Texas, reportedly reached down to grab a drink when he went off of the road. The vehicle rolled over on its side, went through a fence and was partially sitting in a field with equipment scattered across the side of the road.
Lamb was transferred to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released.
Trooper Garner Gross, with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said the incident was still under investigation and a final report would be issued later.
He disclosed Lamb was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.
The bands were traveling from a show on Sept. 4 in Nashville, Tenn. to Detroit for a show Wednesday night.
Patrick Whitley, production manager for KISS and Motley Crue’s “The Tour of 2012,” said approximately $6 million in equipment was on the overturned trailer. Tour staff worked at the scene and loaded the equipment onto another tractor-trailer.
Whitley said the show will still go on tonight in Detroit.
“The band will still play tonight,” Whitley said. “There will be no pyro but the show will go on.”
However, later after Whitley’s announcement the show in Detroit was postponed until tonight.
Daryll Lankford, of Cincinnati, was southbound towards Cincinnati and witnessed the accident. He was the first person to approach the tractor-trailer to check on Lamb.
“It happened about 50 yards in front of me,” Lankford said. “Everything blew out of the top of the trailer. I went to the cab and he (Lamb) had several facial lacerations but he appeared to be OK. The steering wheel was bent where his leg had hit it so I was afraid he had broken his leg or something. He was panic-stricken and I felt sorry for him. He was worried about losing his job.”
Whitley said some members of the bands were traveling in two separate caravans and some had flew into Detroit, but did not reveal what members were where.
Included in the equipment was approximately $1.5 million in pyrotechnic explosives for the show, and Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) staff responded to the scene.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson did not yet have a total on how many explosives were spilled.
“We will sit and count and see what we had,” Anderson said.
There also was fuel spillage on the roadway
The Cridersville Police Department, Cridersville Fire Department, Auglaize County EMA, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol all responded to the scene.
Allied Environmental Services Inc. responded to help clean up the area.
The tour stopped in Cincinnati’s Riverbend Center Aug. 31 and will again be in Ohio Sept. 12 at the Blossom Center in Cleveland.