Ohio authorities continue
to investigate a fiery crash that killed a truckdriver last month
on Route 11. They are also intensifying efforts to solve a recent
rash of debris throwing incidents on in southern Ashtabula County.
Debris thrown reportedly
may be a factor in the crash that killed trucker Gregory R. Holcomb
of Albion, PA. Holcomb was driving southbound on Route 11 near
the Mill Road overpass near New Lyme Township about 11:50 p.m.
Holcomb's semi allegedly
drifted off the right side of the road shortly after it passed
underneath the overpass, struck several trees and jackknifed.
The truck, loaded, with paper, then burst into flames. Holcomb
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ohio Highway Patrol Lt.
James Sivak, Ashtabula post commander, said it's unknown if debris
from the Mill Road overpass contributed to the crash, but added
that the investigation was continuing. While investigating this
incident, troopers discovered rock debris in the highway's northbound
lanes just south of the overpass. Debris was not found in the
southbound lanes, the direction Holcomb was driving.
Tire marks reportedly show
no signs of Holcomb attempting to turn or slow down, indicating
it was unlikely he fell asleep or drove off the road accidentally.
Investigators have not ruled out he was unconscious, which they
said could mean he had a medical problem. Autopsy results to determine
the exact cause of death have not been released by the county
Since March, Lt. Sivak
said there have been four cases of debris thrown off Route 11
overpasses in the area. Each incident took place at night or early
in the morning.
Sivak said county sheriff's
department deputies and area law enforcement auxiliary officers
have teamed with the highway patrol on these cases. Officers reportedly
will intensify their efforts to patrol the 22 overpasses in the
area. Anyone with information about these incidents should call
the Ashtabula post at (440) 969-1155.
--Keith Goble, staff writer