LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County HAZMAT team responded to a tanker rollover accident on Route 11 Thursday morning that closed a ramp.
It happened around 9 a.m. on the northbound ramp to Interstate 80 west in Liberty Township.
By the time state troopers and liberty firefighters arrived on the scene, the driver of the tractor-trailer managed to climb out of the wreck with his dog.
“We believe he came into the ramp too fast and could not negotiate the curve properly,” said Staff. Lt. Nakia Hendrix.
Troopers say that was only the beginning for the what would be a day-long ordeal cleaning up the mess and re-opening the ramp.
“There’s an adhesive in there, so it’s still contained. If that were to get out, there are protocols that we would have to follow,” Hendrix said.
Troopers and Haz-Mat crews had to wait for a second tanker to arrive so the flammable materials could be off-loaded and then the rig could be rolled back over..
“We’re fortunate in the area that it happened. We were able to detour traffic and not have other motorists coming through the area,” Hendrix said.
The driver, Adrian Allen, from eastern Pennsylvania, is being cited fro failure to control.
Troopers say the crash serves as a reminder to slow down heading into curves and pay attention. Don’t let yourself get distracted.
“Especially, when you are operating a commercial vehicle definitely one of those, a split-second decision to take your eyes off the road or drift off could have serious consequences,” Hendrix said.
Allen and his dog are OK.
The ramp reopened about 7:30 p.m.