January 21, 2020 Lt. Jeffrey Greene Commercial rollover crash slows traffic on I-76 in Portage County Rootstown Twp. – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a commercial vehicle, rollover crash which occurred at 02:27 on Interstate 76 westbound, at mile post 36 in Rootstown Township, Portage County. Jordan Scott, 24, of Charlestown, IN, was the driver of the 2015 Freightliner and admitted to being distracted while driving as he adjusted his GPS device. Scott drove over the white fog line and struck an abandoned, disabled 2004 GMC pick-up truck, which had mechanical issues late Sunday evening and was parked clearly outside the right-of-way of travel. Scotts semi demolished the GMC pickup and continued until striking the north side embankment, then overturned. The freight load of steel pipe spilled onto the westbound berm, shutting down the right lane of travel. ODOT, Brimfield PD and Rootstown Fire and EMS responded to the scene to assist. ODOT currently has the right lane of I-76 westbound shut down as clean up continues, which is expected to last for several hours. Motorist are advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes of travel if possible. Scott, who was wearing his safety belt, was not injured in the crash. He was cited for Driving in Marked Lanes and Distracted Driving. This is a senseless crash which could have absolutely been avoided said Lt. Greene, Ravenna Post Commander. We are all thankful Mr. Scott is not injured. This could have very easily been a serious, if not fatal injury crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists of the importance of remaining attentive while driving, and warns everyone of the dangers of Distracted Driving. ***************************** PUBLISHED 6:27AM JAN 21, 2020 www.westernreservenews.com *