Fifth wheel saves semi and driver hanging over a bridge

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 4/4/2014

A truck driver and his semi were saved by the fifth wheel on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, as the cab lay hanging over a bridge following a crash.

The crash occurred on the bridge at State Route 315 North at West Towne Street at approximately 11:40 a.m. An investigation is underway as the cause of the crash is unknown. A tire was missing from the truck, but it was unknown whether or not the tire left the truck before or as a result of the crash. The area had experienced heavy rainfall, which could have played a factor, according to Columbus Police.

The driver walked away from the crash without a scratch. No other vehicles were involved.

Fire crews arrived to the scene with a tower ladder (a ladder with a bucket to secure firefighters) to extract the driver from the cab. A wrecker was then brought in to pull the cab back onto the roadway.

“The entire trailer was still on the roadway, so the fifth wheel was connected,” said Sgt. Rich Weiner of Columbus Police. “That was pretty much holding him in place.”

Crews had to act quickly because of nearby power lines below the truck. A slight fuel leak was also spotted in the wreckage. Northbound traffic on State Route 315 was shut down until about 2:30 p.m.

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