Semi Crash On I-71 Blocks All Southbound Lanes

  • 12/11/2018 10:18:12 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

WAYNE COUNTY, OH - An accident involving two semi trucks blocked all three lanes of I-71 southbound on Tuesday night.

According to the Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a white 2019 International semi driven by Aleksandar Saber was traveling southbound in the right-most lane of I-71 near mile marker 196 when it had an unspecified mechanical failure, causing the vehicle to lose power and lock its brakes. Saber, a 47-year-old from Miami, Florida, called authorities around 7:30 PM to report the equipment failure. It was around this time that authorities started receiving emergency calls about a major accident on the highway.

Witnesses reported that a second semi, a 2005 Volvo driven by Anto Jakovljevic, slammed into the back of the stopped truck at around 70 miles per hour. It is believed that Jakovljevic, a 39-year-old from Eastlake, Ohio, could not see the stopped truck and was unable to avoid colliding with it. In the moments after the accident, several other vehicles were forced to avoid the crash by swerving off-road on either side of I-71 southbound, but no one else was hurt.

Jakovljevic was life-flighted from the scene to Akron General Hospital. His condition is currently unknown. Saber escaped the crash with only minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. Both drivers had been wearing seat belts, and alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor.

The accident is under investigation by the Ashland post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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