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Truck driver arrested for hit and run, no license, after allegedly striking Ohio overpass with oversized load without permit


A Florida-based truck driver was arrested on multiple charges on Friday morning after reportedly striking an overpass in the Toledo area, causing significant damage and forcing an interstate closure, according to officials in Ohio.

The overpass strike occurred around 2 a.m. on February 10 in Rossford, Ohio.

A semi truck hauling an oversized load northbound on I-75 at Lime City Road struck the overpass.

According to 13ABC, three vehicles were damaged by debris from the bridge strike, but no one was hurt.

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol say that following the bridge strike, the truck left the scene and continued to a parking lot. A witness followed the truck to the lot, then informed police about the whereabouts of the truck.

Miami Gardens, Florida-based truck driver Lavoris Ruth, 43, was arrested and booked into the Wood County Jail on charges including no valid license, leaving the scene of an accident, and an over-dimensional violation, WTOL reports.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said that Ruth did not have a permit for the oversized load.

Ruth’s bond was set at $20,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 13.

Northbound I-75 is closed as crews assess the damage to the overpass. The northbound lanes of the interstate could reopen around 6 p.m. on Friday evening.


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