Just before rush hour Wednesday, southbound U.S. 23 traffic became heavily congested for about an hour due to a five-vehicle accident.
The accident occurred near State Route 315.
The accident also affected the flow of traffic on the northbound side of U.S. 23 as people stopped their cars along the side of the road to offer assistance to those involved in the crash. “I had stopped at Turkey Hill and was on my way home going north on U.S. 23 when I saw the pile-up,” Nick Beyer said.
Involved in the accident was a Chevy S-10 truck that had flipped over onto its side. The driver had to be pulled from his vehicle. “I helped pull him out of the truck with three other dudes,” Beyer said.
The accident occurred about 3:50 p.m., according to state troopers.
The top of the truck was mashed down as if it had rolled on its top and then back onto its side. “We had to lift the truck up so we could get him out,” Beyer said.
After pulling the driver from his vehicle, he was helped to the roadside where he waited until emergency personnel arrived. “He was cut up but it wasn’t anything too bad and he was shook up pretty bad,” Beyer said.
Aaron Seebach was on his way to work to Genji Go in Lewis Center when he became involved. “The car in front of me came to a sudden stop,” he said. “I got stopped in time but I got hit from behind by the truck. It spun me around and I started rolling into the northbound traffic.”
A citation will be issued in the accident and the driver of the Chevy S-10 was in stable condition, troopers said.
Other names and details were not available late Wednesday.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.