ROUTE 33

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The semi-truck drove through orange safety cones on the side of the high­way and hit How­ell, the sher­iff’s of­fice said. The truck driver didn’t im­me­di­ately stop.

The truck — owned by Mans­field-based Estep Ex­press In­cor­po­rated — was found more than 90 min­utes af­ter the crash at the ODW Lo­gis­tics ware­house on the 1500 block of Wil­liams Road on the South Side.

Deputies in­ter­viewed the driver, who is not em­ployed by ODW, but have not filed charges, the sher­iff’s of­fice said. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, how­ever, and the find­ings will go to the Union County prose­cu­tor’s of­fice to be re­viewed by a grand jury.

The crash closed all east­bound lanes of Route 33 for sev­eral hours, not re­open­ing un­til just be­fore 1:30 p.m.

“Any­thing along the high­way is dan­ger­ous these days,” said Chief Deputy Tom Mor­gan of the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Ohio law gen­er­ally re­quires con­struc­tion zone signs to be in­stalled along high­ways where work will last at least 30 days. Speed­ing and other fines are dou­bled in such zones and penal­ties in­creased when a vi­o­la­tion re­sults in a death.

Four road work­ers died in Ohio in 2018 be­fore Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Ohio Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion fig­ures. Three died in 2017, and one died in 2016.

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