Semi fire and crash closes westbound Ohio Turnpike

A close up shot of the truck crash. / Greg Pioterek

The Ohio Turnpike is shutdown between State Route 2 and U.S. 20, interchanges 52 to 59, due to a traffic collision involving a semi truck. State troopers told WNWO the Turnpike will be closed for the very least until 11 a.m.

A State Highway Patrol dispatcher said debris from a semi truck, which caught fire during the crash, has littered the roadway. Drivers can detour via exit 59 onto Reynolds Road and then take Airport Highway back to the Turnpike.

A witness told our reporter on the scene he drove behind the tractor trailer rig, which was hauling cars, for a few miles and saw the truck swerve a few times. The witness thought the driver might be falling asleep at the wheel.

The truck rolled over just before 7 a.m., losing its load and catching fire in the process. Authorities told WNWO the driver was ok, but two dogs that were in the vehicle with him are still missing. Troopers couldn't find the driver at first because he had run from the scene to look for the dogs.

The missing dogs include a Jack Russell Terrier and a Chihuahua. Karnik Pet Lodge in Maumee is gathering a group of volunteers to search for the missing pets. The driver was transported to Mercy St. Vincent Hospital with minor injuries.