Roof Ripped Off Trailer After Semi Driver Hits Overpass

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AMHERST, Ohio — The operator of a semi is in trouble after hitting a railroad overpass and driving away from the scene in Amherst Sunday.

According to police, it happened at just after 8 p.m. Police received several 911 calls reporting that a semi had hit the overpass on South Main Street.

They said the semi kept going, even though the roof of the trailer had been torn from the top of the vehicle. It was being dragged behind the semi as it continued south.

Police said they were finally able to locate the vehicle south of the Interstate 90/Ohio Turnpike overpass in Amherst Township about 1.5 miles away from where the accident happened.

Residents of a nearby subdivision reported a power outage, and police said it was caused by the vehicle apparently striking power lines as it passed. Several reported their mailboxes had been damaged as well.

Police said the semi was not hauling anything other than empty tote containers. The driver, Lawrence McKay, 58, of Sturgis, Mich., was cited for not stopping after an accident and operating an unsafe vehicle.

Police contacted Norfolk and Southern Railroad and advised them that the bridge had been struck so it can be properly checked for damage.