RICHLAND TOWNSHIP – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a four vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Interstate 75 just north of Beaverdam, in Allen County.

On October 8, 2019, at approximately 5:46 P.M. troopers responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash. A 2019 Chevrolet Impala, operated by Quincy M. Salcido, age 23, of Van Wert, and a 2017 Ford F-350, operated by Richard L. Fender, age 66, of Tipp City, were both stopped in traffic. Traffic was backed up due to a construction zone transition lane closure just south of the crash scene. A 2014 Volvo semi tractor-trailer, operated by Wisam Dawood, age 34, of Belleriver, Ontario was slowing down as he approached the stopped traffic when a 2019 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, operated by Bhardwaj Vidit, age 24, of Brampton, Ontario struck the rear of Mr. Dawood’s trailer, which was pushed into Mr. Fender’s pickup truck, which then struck the rear of the Mr. Salcido’s vehicle.

The Freightliner was partially separated from the trailer. The trailer and part of the tractor of the Freightliner came to final rest off the right side of the roadway. The Volvo semi and trailer came to final rest against the concrete median barrier along with the other part of the Freightliner tractor. The Ford F-350 came to final rest in the roadway, while the Chevrolet Impala was pulled off the roadway.

Bhardwaj Vidit was pronounced dead on scene by Allen County Coroner Investigator Heather Lee. Wisam Dawood was transported by Bath Township EMS to Lima Memorial Hospital with suspected minor injury. Richard Fender and Quincy Salcido were treated on scene, but claimed no injury and were not transported. A passenger in Mr. Fender’s vehicle, Mary J. Fender, age 67, of Tipp City was also treated on scene, but claimed no injury. All persons involved were reportedly wearing a seat belt. Alcohol or drugs is not suspected to be a factor. The right lane was closed for several hours.

The Lima Post was assisted on scene by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Beaverdam Fleet, A&D Towing, Minich Truck Repair, Miller’s Towing, Beaverdam Richland Fire and EMS, Bath Township EMS and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to be vigilant in and also approaching construction zones where traffic may be slow or stopped, and to avoid all distractions while driving.