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ROSSFORD, OH (Toledo News Now) -
I-75 has reopened after a wrong-way crash shut down southbound lanes of the highway near Buck Road in Rossford Thursday morning.
Shortly after 10 a.m., a dispatcher at the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says Sophie Pecuszok, 83, of Walbridge, was traveling north on southbound I-75 and hit another car head-on near Buck Road. The OSHP says that car was then pushed into a commercial vehicle.
"There's a grade here, so the oncoming traffic couldn't see her until it's too late," said Lieutenant Chris Kinn with the OSHP.
The driver, Kristopher Widdersheim, 28, of Toledo, was treated at the scene. Pecuszok has an ankle injury, but is expected to be alright. She was trapped in the vehicle for an extended period of time and transported to a local hospital.
Troopers say everyone involved is lucky to be OK.
"There's minimal injures out of it, considering [it was] a wrong-way driver crash. I think everybody's very fortunate to have the injuries they have because I think we've seen a lot of these crashes turn out a lot worse than this one," said Kinn.
Troopers say many times, drivers are unable to see this sort of accident coming, but urge you to get in the habit of defensive driving.
"If you come up on a grade or anything like that in the roadway, even on Interstate 75, if you can get over in the right lanes, stay in those right lanes. 'Cause all the wrong-way crashes we've seen in the last few years, they seem to be happening in the left lane," said Kinn.
Troopers are still investigating to determine where Pecuszok entered I-75.
Two lanes of southbound I-75 were closed for approximately one hour, but all lanes have since reopened.
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