Emergency personnel responded to an accident at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 30 and CR 300 East near Columbia City where a man was reportedly trapped inside his vehicle.
According to police reports, Michael Ricklefs, 43, of Davenport, Iowa, was driving a semi and struck a semi driven by Tirean Blair, 57, of Bruswick, Ohio, that was stopped at a red light. Ricklef was pinned inside his vehicle and had to extricated. U.S. 30 was shut down as a result of the accident for approximately 30 minutes.
Ricklef was transported to Parkview Whitley Hospital due to cuts on his arms and legs. Blair sustained no injury in the accident. Both vehicles were reported as “totaled” in the crash and were transported by Smith Brothers towing.