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He told this news outlet that he looked down at his GPS and then realized the truck in front of him was stopped.
Hardesty said he swerved to the left to prevent a hard rear-end collision with the semi in front of him.
“God must have been looking after me,” he said, noting he had a Bible on the passenger seat of his semi.
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The bridge remains closed while Ohio State Highway Patrol investigates the crash.
UPDATE @ 10:05 a.m.:
One of the semi drivers was taken by ambulance to Atrium Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, according to police at the scene.
A tow truck is now attempting to move one of the semis that has extensive front-end damage.
Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
A crash on Ohio 122 between two tractor trailers has shut down the bridge leading from downtown Middletown into Madison Twp.
Traffic is being diverted at Trenton Franklin Road in Madison Twp., according to dispatchers. There’s no word yet on injuries.
The incident was called in around 9:12 a.m. Middletown Police, Middletown Fire and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are on the scene.
We have a crew at the scene and will continue to bring you more details.