UPS Semi Crash Temporarily Closes I-70 Eastbound
Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 08:40 AM EDT
WEST JEFFERSON -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a serious injury accident involving two tractor trailers on I-70 in Madison County.
According to officials, the accident happened just before midnight on March 20, 2013 in the eastbound lanes of I-70 under the State Route 142 overpass.
Reports said a UPS freight semi slammed into the rear of another tractor trailer that was stopped on the side of the road.
The driver of the UPS truck, Roger Ogden of Hebron, was reportedly pinned inside the heavily damaged cab for nearly 30 minutes while rescue personnel worked to free him. He was transported to Grant Medical Center in serious condition.
The driver of the other semi, Marius Corbu of Mt. Prospect, IL, was treated on the scene by medics for minor injuries.
The crash caused approximately 60 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto I-70 and prompted the closure of all eastbound lanes for hours. The EPA was called and a local environmental company cleaned up the spilled fuel.
Overall, the eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed five and a half hours. Traffic was able to bypass the wreckage by exiting onto SR 142 and immediately reentering I-70.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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