Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Sandusky – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this morning at approximately 10:26 a.m. on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 91, Sandusky Township, Sandusky County. Killed in the crash was Forest John Fletcher, 53, of Perrysburg, Ohio.
The crash occurred when a commercial tractor-trailer, driven by Edward Mills, 53, of Doylestown, Ohio drove into a work zone, where road maintenance was being conducted. The work zone consisted of the right two lanes being restricted and traffic was diverted into the left lane. The tractor-trailer drove through traffic cones and into the work area, striking three maintenance vehicles and three Ohio Turnpike maintenance employees. The employees struck were Fletcher, James Roudebush, 55, of Millbury, Ohio and Anthony J. Stout, 24, of Clyde, Ohio. The three men were outside of the vehicles conducting bridge repair work at the time of the crash.

Fletcher was pronounced dead at the scene, while Roudebush and Stought were flown to Toledo Medical College of Ohio with serious injuries. Mills was also flown from the scene to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital with serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer was hauling a corrosive liquid- there was no spill as a result of the crash. The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Assistance at the scene was provided by the Ohio Turnpike Commission, Sandusky Township Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.


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