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Accident creates long delay on I-70

Rick Stillion / The New Concord Leader Published: April 11, 2010 12:01 AM
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NEW CONCORD -- A rollover accident on Interstate 70 Tuesday morning involving a tractor-trailer hauling nine vehicles created lengthy delays for motorists throughout the day as crews worked to clear the scene.

The driver of the truck, identified as Ronald Young Jr., 41, East Greenville, Pa., was transported by New Concord EMS to Genesis-Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville with non-incapacitating injuries.

At least one lane of westbound I-70 between the New Concord and Norwich exits remained closed until approximately 5 p.m. following the accident at 8 a.m.

Authorities also closed both westbound lanes of I-70 at times as the 2001 Peterbilt and trailer along with the nine heavily-damaged vehicles were removed from the scene.

According to the Zanesville post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the truck driven by Young was westbound when the driver looked away from the road.

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The truck drifted off the right side of the roadway and overturned onto a concrete retaining wall, ejecting at least three of the vehicles from the trailer.

New Concord firefighters used absorbent materials to contain a diesel fuel leak after the fuel tanks on the truck ruptured during the accident.

The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency also responded to the scene.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and patrol troopers provided traffic control at the scene near mile post 168 in Muskingum County.

The truck was reportedly owned by Hibsman Auto Group Incorporated of Pennsylvania.

Heavy damage was reported to the tractor-trailer.

The accident remained under investigation by the highway patrol.


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