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Good Samaritan killed while trying to help trucker entangled in downed phone lines


Authorities in Ohio have confirmed that a man was killed on Wednesday while trying to assist a semi truck driver who was tangled in downed telephone lines.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 11:20 a.m. on April 14 in Paulding County as a semi truck driven by 60 year old Timothy Ray Webber was traveling south on U.S. 127.

Webber made a turn onto C.R. 176 and struck telephone lines that were low-hanging as a result of a previous crash.

Police say that 54 year old Vance O. Campbell was passing by the scene and attempted to help the stuck trucker.

Campbell was reportedly standing on the stuck truck trying to remove the lines when a second semi, driven by 40 year old John Richard Reber, was travelling south on U.S. 127 and struck the low-hanging lines. The lines hit Campbell, who sustained fatal injuries.

Lt. Jonathon Gray of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert division says that no charges have been filed at this time.

The incident is still under investigation.


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