Trucker Facing Charge For Crash Despite Suffering “Medical Event”
Hardin County, OH – Authorities confirmed the truck driver who crashed a tractor-trailer into a house and gas station along State Route 68 last Friday afternoon suffered a “medical event.”
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) first reported the accident on Saturday.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said truck driver Norris Freedman, of Illinois, left the right side of the roadway and proceeded to drive through an occupied home at 2512 State Route 68 in the village of Dunkirk at approximately 12:20 p.m.
After crashing through the home, the big rig continued on and smashed into the South Side Six gas station where it eventually came to rest in the parking lot.
Freedman, operating a U.S. Xpress big rig, was transported to a hospital in Findlay, according to HCSO.
The owner of the home, Jerry Smith of Dunkirk, only suffered minor injuries, according to investigators.
TNN received numerous reports Freedman suffered a heart attack moments before the crash.
While the HCSO has not officially confirmed that Freedman experienced a heart attack, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart has confirmed the trucker suffered a medical event.
Despite suffering the medical event, Everhart also indicated Freedman is likely facing a charge of failure to control.
According to Ohio law, failure to control is a fifth degree misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $150.
It is unclear at this time if Freedman will face any additional charges.
The crash remains under investigation.
TNN will continue to monitor new developments in this case.
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