On Sunday evening, a 30-year-old driver heading the wrong way on Ohio’s Interstate-75 collided with a semi-tanker full of gasoline — causing a massive fire, injuring the truck driver, shutting down the highway and, unfortunately, killing the car’s driver.
Reports say the fire burned for hours and smoke could be seen for miles. In addition, smoke filled sewer systems in a nearby town and homeowners were told to call 911 if they detected smoke in their homes.
Resident Brad Roediger spoke with reporters about the accident, recalling, “Then I heard a boom. And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s a little bigger than the fire.’ It was huge. I felt the heat from it. I saw kids riding their bikes, and I told them, ‘You might want to go the other way.'”
A traffic cam caught a giant fireball exploding into the sky after the vehicles collided.
Officials report the northbound lane of the interstate has been reopened but the southbound lane will remain closed. Dayton Police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said, “Interstate 75 southbound is going to continue to be shut down between (State) Route 4 and Third Street for the foreseeable future, maybe a day or two, so it’s going to significantly affect the morning and evening commute for the next day, or so.”
In a quickly called press conference off the interstate, Ponichtera said that Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and hazardous materials crews were present at the scene.
“We had quite a bit of a scene … large explosions going on right now. The fire crews had to let that burn out before they were able to put foam on that. We do have a Haz-Mat response here as a result of that.”
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has not released identities of either the deceased or the truck driver.
Others captured the incident on video, as well:
Do not come down I-75 South pic.twitter.com/NesxKcJ6VK
— Sar (@SarahDroesch) April 30, 2017
— Jeff Monbeck (@JeffMonbeck) April 30, 2017
Further coverage can be seen below:
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