Wapakoneta Fire Department firefighters and paramedics work to free Lima resident John Austin from an overturned truck.
A 39-year-old Lima man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 near the Bellefontaine Street overpass in Wapakoneta.
John R. Austin was driving a dump truck south on I-75, approaching the Bellefontaine Street overpass at 1 p.m. when witnesses said his dump bed started to rise. The dump bed struck the overpass causing the truck to overturn and trap Austin in the cab.
â€śWe talked to a couple different witnesses and he was driving in the right-hand lane and as he approached the bridge the bed of the truck came up and struck the overpass which in turn flipped the truck onto its top,â€ť Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico told Hometown Stations, a local news media outlet.
For more information on the crash, see the Friday, Oct. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.