Nichole Hannahs

Highway Re-Opens Both Lanes After Morning Accident

by Nichole Hannahs on April 6, 2010 at 6:42 am

Interstate 70 is re-opened after an accident involving a semi truck shut it down for hours today.

Both lanes of the highway were cleared for traffic at about 6 p.m. this evening. This morning around 8 a.m. a semi, carrying nine vehicles, rolled on I-70 westbound just after the new Concord exit.

"We had an out-of-state semi diver that was messing with his gps unit and drove off the side of the roadway, hit a guardrail and then lost control," said Jeff Jadwin, Deputy Director of the EMA. "It continued several hundred feet before he flipped the semi on it’s top. It was a car hualer so he’s got seven cars on top."

Because of the large amount of vehicles involved, the clean up process took the majority of the day to complete.

"We ran across some snags during the process of cleaning up and getting the tractor trailer back up right," said Commander of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol Lt. Steven Rine. "The trailer had some issues and I think it snapped in half. We had a guardrail that was inserted between the vehicle and the trailer, had to cut that out.,"

The semi was also leaking fuel and hazardous liquids which required Hazmat’s attention.

"We had a lot of diesel fuel, gasoline, battery acid. So, with a truck with nine cars, that was done as quickly as possible," said Lt. Rine. "We’ve got to make sure the hazardous materials are cleaned up."

The highway patrol says at least 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the crash.

The driver, 41 year-old Ronald Young, Jr., of East Greenville, Pennsylvania, was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries.

The patrol cited Young with failure to control and not wearing a seat belt.