Downed Line Causes I-70 Road Closure

by Emily Baird on August 18, 2010 at 4:57 am

Traffic is flowing along a portion of Interstate 70 in Zanesville after an accident completely shut down the roadway in both directions Tuesday night.

The closure occurred around the Airport Road exit, between the 157 and the 160 mile markers, around 10:30 p.m. The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says the incident stemmed from a truck, in the work zone, that was applying pavement.

"The bed of the truck was a little too high and struck three power poles, causing one power line to snap, " says Zanesville Post Commander, Lt. Steven Rine.

Rine says the driver of the truck, 47-year-old David Norman Jr. of Zanesville, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for minor injuries. AEP indicated that the outage caused 686 residents to lose power, including several nearby hotels and restaurants.

"The night actually complicates things a little bit more. There’s not as much man power that we have at night. So, we have to coordinate efforts, " says Rine.

The Zanesville Post worked closely with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s office to quickly detour drivers to State Route 40, which became extremely congested.

Power was eventually restored and traffic resumed around 2 a.m.