Two semis crash on I-80

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Two semi trucks crashed because one driver fell asleep and rear-ended the other trailer Thursday on Interstate 80, sending both through the guardrail.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said the crash happened at about 8 a.m. Thursday just past the state Route 5 exit in the eastbound lanes in Braceville.

Both drivers were taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Troopers said the driver of the flatbed truck, James Q. Reynolds, 29, of Illinois, fell asleep and hit the semi truck in front of him. The crash caused the first semi truck, driven by Dwayne L. Thomas, 42, of Garfield Heights, to rip through the guardrail and tumble down a hill on the roadside. The second semi, carrying six metal coils, followed.

Thomas’ truck was hauling shingles and nails, reports say.

Traffic was backed up for about two hours, when state troopers opened two lanes on I-80.

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