Semi Driver May Have Been Asleep At The Wheel At The Time Of Crash

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Witnesses tell Pickaway County Sheriff’s deputies that the driver of a tractor-trailer was weaving before he crashed into the back of a car parked at traffic light on U.S. 23.

The sheriff’s department said that 41-year old Tracy Ferrell of Michigan was charged with tampering with evidence after deputies say he tried to hide his log book, which deputies say indicates he may have been on the road longer than legally allowed.

The crash killed 42-year old Amy Schneider of South Bloomfield.

Local resident Tammy Eallonardo says she drives the same stretch of U.S. 23 every day.

“My heart just breaks for the families that have to go through something like this,” she says.

In 2008, she recalled how her father was nearly caught in a similar crash involving a semi, a car, another semi and a van.

“He gassed it through the yellow light - the car behind him stopped, and he heard the crash and he pulled over just in time to see the vehicles explode,” she said.

Eallonardo says this stretch of road is unusual because heading north from Waverly, there are no traffic lights for 30 miles - until you stop at the one where Wednesday morning’s crash happened on U.S. 23 at Dupont Road.

Despite the crash, the Ohio Highway Patrol says over the past five years, there have been no fatal crashes at this intersection.

ODOT says the traffic light has been there since 1972 and was recently updated over the past two years to make it easier for drivers to see in all kinds of weather.

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