SB I-75 in Butler Co. re-opened after fuel truck accident - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

SB I-75 in Butler Co. re-opened after fuel truck accident

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

LIBERTY TWP., OH (FOX19) - An accident involving an overturned semi truck shut down Interstate 75 in Butler County for over five hours Monday.

"This doesn't happened very often where we have to shut down the entire south bound lane"

The crash occurred just after 10 a.m. on southbound I-75 near the SR 129 exit.

Investigators say a car was trying to avoid a box that was in the middle of the road, and a tanker truck  carrying 5100 gallons of gas swerved to avoid hitting the car.

The truck hit the median and overturned, spilling an estimated 2,000 gallons of fuel onto the road.

"The fuel coming out the tanker was basically a river running down to the drains and into the ground, it probably leaked at least 2,000 gallons of gasoline," said Butler County EMA Director Jeff Galloway.

Ever since the spill the clock was ticking for emergency responders, Galloway was first on scene and says their priority was to keep the gasoline from spreading, knowing that any spark could send the entire scene up in flames.

"They're bringing in loads of dirt to keep from going into the storm drains and into the sewer system, they're trying to contain it into the ground, but for now the leak has been stopped at the semi and then going into the environment," Galloway said.

The driver of the semi truck was taken to West Chester Medical Center, and the driver of the car was taken to Atrium Medical Center. Both are suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile other drivers sat in traffic for hours as they were re-routed off the interstate.

It was back to back, for a long period of time we were just at a stand still, just setting there," said Annette Chambers, who was stuck in traffic.

Crews originally estimated it will take until at least 6 p.m. to clean up, however the  portion of the Interstate re-opened around 3:15 p.m.

Environmental crews will have to re-visit the site for the next several weeks to dig out the areas where gasoline went into the ground.

 

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