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Semi Driver Crashes Over Bridge On Interstate 71

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A Columbus man was injured when he crashed his semi and fell from a bridge in Morrow County early Wednesday.

The crash occurred at about 1:17 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 71 at the bridge over County Road 22 in Morrow County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer loaded with approximately 40,000 pounds of paper product.

For an unknown reason, the driver veered off the left side of the road and into the median. He struck the cable-rail and continued south, striking the bulkhead between the two bridges of I-71 over C.R. 22 and then fell approximately 50 feet.

The semi came to rest when it struck the far embankment to a creek that runs parallel to C.R. 22.

The driver, 26-year-old Mohamed Dhaqane Olad, sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.

He was trapped in the vehicle for one hour and 33 minutes until firefighters were able to free him.

He was transported to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

The EMA and the EPA responded to the scene in response to several gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the creek.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, and the patrol said the crash was not weather related as the interstate was clear of ice and snow.

The crash remains under investigation.

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