DEFIANCE – An Indiana man was seriously injured after his semi traveled off a U.S. 24 overpass at Defiance and crashed onto the railroad tracks below.

Troopers from the Defiance Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said that at approximately 1:02 a.m. today, April 11, a 2019 Freightliner hauling two trailers of general freight was being driven by Steven Bean, age 35, of Indianapolis, and was eastbound on U.S. 24 near the Baltimore Road Exit 22 when it traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail and bridge parapet.

The vehicle then traveled off the overpass and onto the CSX railroad tracks below.

The driver was taken to Defiance Regional Hospital and was transferred via air ambulance to The Toledo Hospital.  

Rail traffic was stopped for approximately two hours. County Road 424 (old U.S. 24) is shut down as crews clean up debris, but was opened between 7-9 a.m. for work traffic.

Assisting at the scene were Defiance Police Department, Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, CSX Police, Defiance ODOT and troopers from the Van Wert Patrol Post.

John’s Towing and Recovery is handling the clean-up.

The crash remains under investigation.