CYGNET, Ohio — State troopers have located, but not yet filed charges against, a man who they say fled after causing a wrong-way crash on I-75 north of here late Monday.
Gregory Orick, 40, of Lima, Ohio was found by two North Baltimore firefighters walking about a half mile from the crash scene at 9:30 a.m. today, about 10 hours after the collision, the Ohio Highway Patrol reported.
Mr. Orick was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Officials said they could not comment on the nature or extent of his injuries.
Troopers said Mr. Orick was driving a pickup truck the wrong way on northbound I-75 from State Rt. 25 when he crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer rig at about 11:35 p.m. Monday.
The truck driver, Michael Fox, 53, of Dayton, was taken to Blanchard Valley to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Mr. Orick apparently had driven south in the northbound lanes for at least a mile and was near milepost 171, just south of Cygnet, when the vehicles collided, causing the pickup to catch fire, troopers said. Mr. Orick fled on foot into woods east of the freeway.
The crash closed I-75 in both directions for about two hours and the northbound lanes for about three more, the state patrol said.
The crash location is about 15 miles south of where a wrong-way driver collided in March with a car carrying five Bowling Green State University sorority sisters on their way to the Detroit airport for Spring Break. Three of the students were killed, as was the wrong-way driver, while the other two students were seriously injured.