Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Traffic snarled, 2 hurt in wreck on Norwood Lateral


Truck with big load slams into highway overpass

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

NORWOOD - An adult and a 10-year-old child were injured and traffic along the Norwood Lateral/Ohio 562 was snarled most of Monday afternoon after a truck carrying an oversized load on the highway struck the Montgomery Road overpass.

The injured adult, Telissa Davis, 29, was taken to University Hospital, where she was in stable condition Monday night. The child, Charnay Wise, 10, was transported to Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she was in serious condition Monday night.

The truck was carrying a large air filtration system west on Ohio 562 when the load struck the overpass about 11:37 a.m., Norwood Police Officer John Brown said.

"The truck, obviously, was wedged under (the overpass)," Brown said. "A car ran into the back of the truck." The truck driver was not hurt, Brown said.

The impact of the air filtration unit striking the bridge damaged several crossbeams on the underside of the overpass and caused the truck's trailer to detach from the truck. Structural engineers from the Ohio Department of Transportation were called to determine the stability of the bridge.

West Ohio 562 remained closed from Interstate 71 to Montgomery Road late Monday. The east lanes from Reading Road to Montgomery and Montgomery Road over the Norwood Lateral were closed for more than two hours following the accident.

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The accident is under investigation by the Norwood Police Department and ODOT, Brown said.

E-mail daveck@fuse.net




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