Lane re-opens after tractor trailer spill

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX10) - There were major problems Tuesday for drivers heading northbound on I-471.

The ramp from northbound Interstate 471 to northbound I-71 was closed for most of the evening and into the night.

A Rumpke semi-truck had spilled hundreds of gallons of non-hazardous waste-water all over the place.

It created a huge mess, just in time for the commute home, and turned part of the Big Mac bridge into a massive parking lot. The liquid that leaked out came from an industrial site in Batavia. It is estimated about 2,000 gallons got into the city's sewer system. Traffic had to be re-routed to east and westbound route 50 and along Third Street downtown.

The right lane was cleared of all the debris and re-opened to traffic.

The left lane of the ramp however, will remain closed while crews remove debris and sludge from the pavement.

The ramp reopened Wednesday morning.

The driver of the Rumpke truck is 45-year-old Gary Shearer of Lincoln Heights. Police said he is OK and that he was wearing his seatbelt. Shearer was treated for minor injuries at UC Hospital.

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