3-Semi Crash Caused By Steering Malfunction, Trucker Says
Zanesville, Ohio – A truck driver told authorities he believed a steering failure was to blame for why he lost control of his big rig on Monday causing a 3-semi crash.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, truck driver Ron Bibler was operating along westbound I-70 at approximately 3 a.m. on Monday when he lost control of his truck and overturned.
Two other westbound tractor-trailers then collided with Bibler’s rig.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant, Matt Boyd, told WHIZ News that Bibler said the steering functionality failed.
“Our license and commercial standards section inspected the vehicle and we believed that he just ran off the road,” Boyd said to WHIZ. “We’re not sure what the reason of that was.”
Boyd added, “He probably overcorrected in the soft ground, which caused him to come back on the roadway and overturn. We didn’t find any mechanical defects on the vehicle.”
Road conditions were wet at the time of the crash, but investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused Bibler to lose control.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.
Bibler was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The drivers of the other two semis, whose names have not been released, were uninjured in the collision.
Boyd said the interstate was completely shutdown from 3:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. and wasn’t completely cleared until 9:00AM.