A two vehicle accident, involving a semi and an Ohio Department of Transportation truck, shut down traffic on Interstate 70 in both westbound lanes, Wednesday afternoon for several hours.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Matt Boyd, around noon, O-DOT was sweeping the inside berm of the interstate through the city of Zanesville, near the state street exit, when the semi-truck driven by, Timothy Peyton, struck the carriage that is attached to the sweeper that protects the truck and alerts motorists to the slow moving traffic and change in lanes.
“In this particular situation, from what we’ve gathered so far, of course we are continuing our investigation but they had signage up, they also had to trucks with arrow boards showing that there was sweeping of the berm being or road work ahead signs," said Boyd.
Peyton had to be extracated from the semi and both he and the driver of the O-DOT truck, Stephen Folden, were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. their conditions are not known at this time but authorities said it did not appear to be life threatening.
"Yeah we had to use the jaws of life and cut open the truck because on the drivers side of the vehicle was trapped against the O-DOT vehicle and we had to come in from the passengers side and get him out.," said Zanesville Fire Department Assistant Chief, Marty Mercer.
Crews that responded to the scene were, State High way Patrol, Zanesville Police and Fire. EMA and EPA were also on the scene because there was leaked diesel fuel on the roadway.