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Driver’s body found in Maumee River after crashing tractor-trailer into Grand Rapids home

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 9:04 AM EDT
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GRAND RAPIDS, Ohio (WTVG) - The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says a body found in the Maumee River in Grand Rapids has been identified as the driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a home Wednesday morning.

According to a press release, the driver was 45-year-old Maurice Watson of Edina, Minnesota.

Authorities say Watson crashed the truck into a house at State Route 65 and Wapakoneta Rd. just before 8 AM on Wednesday, hitting multiple cars before coming to rest inside the home. The driver ran from the truck before authorities arrived and a search of the area revealed a body in the water which was later identified as Watson.

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There were no other injuries reported in the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office said the company Watson works for hasn’t heard from him in two days. He reportedly went off of his route and the company hasn’t been able to locate him since. Officials tell us they believe the driver has a medical condition or mental health issue. Authorities found the semi-truck empty.

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