A semi-truck overturned in a ditch on Thursday morning leaving the driver trapped. The driver had to be life-flighted once firefighters were able to get him out of the cab. (Photo courtesy of Ohio State Highway Patrol)
A semi-truck overturned in a ditch on Thursday morning leaving the driver trapped. The driver had to be life-flighted once firefighters were able to get him out of the cab. (Photo courtesy of Ohio State Highway Patrol)

PAULDING COUNTY – A man was trapped in his semi-truck for over an hour after it overturned in a ditch in Paulding County on Thursday morning.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. a 2007 Freightliner semi driven by Kyle Becker, age 28, of Sulphur Springs, Indiana, was traveling eastbound on State Route 613, one mile east of the Indiana/Ohio state line.. Becker drifted off the right side of the roadway causing the semi and tanker trailer he was pulling to overturn into a deep ditch. Becker became trapped in the semi cab.

Becker was trapped in the wreckage for over an hour as Payne Volunteer Fire and EMS personnel worked to extricate him.

Becker was transported by Mercy Health, Life Flight helicopter, to a Toledo hospital.

The semi tanker contained liquid fertilizer and a small amount had leaked during the vehicle recovery. Crews are working on scene to mitigate any further spills and to safely remove the semi and tanker trailer from the roadside.

State Route 613 was closed during the crash investigation and down to one-lane intermittently during scene clean up.

Becker was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Payne Fire and EMS, Van Wert County EMA, Mercy Health Life Flight, Robinson’s Towing and Gordon Enterprises.