Two brothers are dead after a semi crashes into the State Street Bridge Friday morning.
The Zanesville Police Department said the accident took place around 8:15 at the State Street entrance ramp to Interstate 70 east.
A semi driver identified as37-year-old Ever D. Gomez and his brother 40-year-old Gabriel Gomez, who was in the sleeper portion of the cab, were killed. Captain Tony Coury says eyewitnesses said the truck appeared to have swerved a couple of times before the crash. Coury says when the truck reached the State Street exit it went off the right side of the road, travelled across a small grass area, the on-ramp for State Street east and then up an embankement finally striking the State Street Bridge.
Authorities said the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
"They probably woke up within seconds of the crash," said Captain Tony Coury from Zanesville Police Department. "There’s some breaking action there. So, unfortunately they may not have known exactly what was going on, but it does appear the driver woke up at the last second."
Captain Coury said the accident caused the overpass i-beam to move three or four inches and structural engineer will assess the damage before it can be reopens to traffic. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reconstruction team is assisting in the investigation.
"These are heavy trucks, big trucks. He’s hauling produce. He’s probably not 80,000 pounds, but he’s up there and anytime you lose control like that it’s really hard for them to regain control," said Coury.
At this time authorities don’t suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. After the accident diesel fuel from the truck leaked and the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency helped to clean up the scene.
Captain Coury says the Muskingum County Coroner ordered both victims to be taken to the Franklin County Morgue. Both lanes of I-70 eastbound are now open to traffic.