HOWLAND TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Part of Route 82 from Elm Road to E. Market Street was shut down Wednesday afternoon after a fiery truck crash, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The driver, 45-year-old Mark Meadows, was charged with driving under suspension and his tenth OVI, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Still, investigators believe it was a mechanical failure that ultimately caused the crash.
They said Meadows was driving a 2002 Ford F-250 eastbound on 82 when the pickup slid off the left side of the roadway and hit a tree.
The truck caught fire and Meadows became trapped inside, troopers said.
Fire crews had to remove the Garrettsville man, who suffered severe injuries. He was taken by helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown.
Highway Patrol said 82’s eastbound lanes were closed at Elm Road and traffic was diverted through a crossover and onto 82 westbound.
The road reopened around 4:30 p.m., about an hour after the accident.
The crash is still under investigation.
Highway Patrol said felony OVI charges will be filed Thursday morning.