Two Injured When Big Rig Plows Through Home and Into Gas Station

Hardin County, OH – Two people were injured, including a truck driver, after a tractor-trailer plowed through a home and into a gas station near State Route 68 on Friday afternoon.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), the crash occurred in the Village of Dunkirk at approximately 12:20 p.m.

Investigators said truck driver Norris Freedman, of Illinois, left the right side of the roadway and proceeded to drive through an occupied home at 2512 State Route 68.


The occupant of the home, Jerry Smith of Dunkirk, was injured and flown by Lifeflight Helicopter to a nearby hospital, HCSO said.

After crashing through the home, the big rig continued on and smashed into the South Side Six gas station where it eventually came to rest in the parking lot.

Two people were injured, including the driver of a big rig, after a tractor-trailer left State Route 68 and crashed through a home and into a gas station on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Scott Williams and Randy Roberts)

Freedman, operating a U.S. Xpress tractor-trailer, was transported to a hospital in Findlay by ambulance, according to HCSO.

Conditions of both men have not yet been provided by authorities.

However, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) received reports on Saturday that Freedman experienced a heart attack which is what led to the crash.


TNN has not yet been able to confirm that with authorities.

Route 68 was closed for 4 hours as emergency and clean up crews worked to clear the area.

The estimated damages to the home and gas station have not yet been released. will continue to monitor new developments.



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