Interstate 70 Shuts Down for Hours

by Brittany Shannon on September 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

It was bad day to travel on Interstate 70 through Licking County. An accident near Buckeye Lake shut down both sides for the majority of the Friday.

It happened just before 6 a.m. on I-70 Eastbound, West of State Route 79. It involved a semi-tractor trailer and a truck painting lines on the roadway.

"There was a painting crew painting this yellow edge line. They had three vehicles rolling at a slow speed along the left edge and a tractor trailer hauling dry goods and food items ran into the back vehicle," says Sgt. Russell Pasqualetti of the Granville Post of the State Highway Patrol.

The paint truck ended up in the median spilling between 50 and 100 bags of plastic powder paint. The semi crossed the median and ended in the Westbound lanes spilling 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway. Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation are still working to clean up the mess and will continue throughout Friday night.

"There’s brand new asphalt here. It was just paved so it was very porous and that diesel fuel just soaked right into the asphalt and it’s causing damage to the new asphalt," says Sgt. Pasqualetti.

The drivers of both trucks were taken to a Columbus hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries is not known. ODOT says that one lane of Westbound traffic is open and should remain that way throughout the night as crews work to re-pave the roadway.

Both Eastbound lanes are now open. One Westbound lane has also reopened. The accident remains under investigation.