Fiery US 24 crash claims one
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6:45 AM
ANTWERP - A fiery two-vehicle semi crash on U.S. 24 has claimed the life of one man and injured another.
The highway remained closed Tuesday morning for cleanup and was not set to reopen until Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Van Wert Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, the crash occurred about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the westbound lanes of U.S. 24 between Milepost 3 and Ohio 49, west of Antwerp.
Czeslaw Szotek, age 53, of Ontario, driving a 2007 Volvo semi tractor-trailer, was parked on the side of the road about a foot into the roadway. A second driver, whose name has not been released, also of Ontario, was driving a 2006 Freightliner westbound and struck the rear of the parked vehicle. The second semi came to rest in the left lane.
A fire started and both vehicles were engulfed in flames.
The second driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Szotek, who was standing outside his vehicle, was struck in the leg by flying debris and sustained minor injuries.
He has been cited for parking in the roadway.
Diesel fuel spilled, requiring cleanup.
Assisting troopers at the scene were Paulding County Sheriff's Office, Paulding County EMA, Antwerp EMS, the county coroner, and fire departments from Crane, Antwerp and Woodburn.