A wrong-way driver caused multiple crashes Monday evening on I-75 in Wood County.
At approximately 9:54 p.m., troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to I-75 in search of the wrong-way driver.
Trooper Jeffery Huffman, 30, of the Bowling Green Post was driving southbound in the left lane, near US 6 (mile post 179) in Center Township when he observed a motorcycle coming north in the southbound lanes towards oncoming traffic.
Trooper Huffman moved onto the inside shoulder with his overhead emergency lights activated and was almost stopped when his 2019 Dodge Charger was struck by a 2009 Harley Davidson, operated by Daniel Stover, 52, of Findlay.
Mr. Stover was ejected from the motorcycle. He sustained non-life threating injuries and was transported to Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by ground ambulance.
Trooper Huffman sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The Dodge Charger sustained minor front end damage and the Harley Davidson sustained heavy damage.
At the same time Trooper Huffman was intercepting the wrong way driver, a 2020 Dodge Ram, operated by Darrell Lanier, 58, of Lambertville, Michigan was slowing in the right lane when it was rear ended by a 2008 Kawasaki, operated by Ryan Gleckler, 35, of Bluffton.
Mr. Gleclker was ejected from the motorcycle. He sustained serious injuries and was transported to Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by ground ambulance.
Mr. Lanier and his passenger, Mary Lanier, 57, of Lambertville, Michigan were wearing their seat belts and were not injured. The Dodge Ram sustained minor damage and the Kawasaki sustained heavy damage.
The crash remains under investigation and impairment appears to be a factor in regards to the wrong way driver.
Southbound Interstate 75 was closed following the crash and re-opened at 1:30 A.M.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Wood County Sherriff’s Office, Bowling Green Fire Division, Central Joint Fire District, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Wright Tire & Auto, and Pat & Son Towing and Recovery.