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Traffic slowed on Rt. 7 after tractor-trailer accident

Traffic was slowed for hours along St. Rt. 7 just off of Rush Run Rd. after a tractor-trailer that was hauling sand lost control and crashed.

Traffic was slowed for hours along St. Rt. 7 just off of Rush Run Rd. after a tractor-trailer that was hauling sand lost control and crashed.

The vehicle struck a concrete barrier, knocked down a powerline pole, and landed in a ditch.

"The truck was the only thing I was worried about. I was just hoping it'd come to a stop so I could get out of the way,” said Doug Bensie.

Bensie witnessed the 18-wheeler jackknife just yards from his vehicle.

When the truck eventually came to a halt, it had left a trail of damage behind it.

"He was coming out of the curve, out of the south end of this construction zone, but when he came out of the curve, he lost control at that point and struck the barrier wall on the side of the road and rolled onto its side,” said Sgt. Jeff Bernard with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Bensie was there before any first responders arrived and actually pulled the driver out of the tractor- trailer.

"When he stopped, I pulled over and jumped down and run over and got the guy out of the truck to make sure he was all right and he was. He was shook up, but he was all right,” Bensie said.

Traffic was slowed traveling southbound while crews worked to clean up the mess.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to Wheeling Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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