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Driver cited after losing load of steel on WB Fort Washington Way

Crews work to cut a long roll of steel that fell onto Fort Washington Way Wednesday morning. (FOX19 NOW) Crews work to cut a long roll of steel that fell onto Fort Washington Way Wednesday morning. (FOX19 NOW)
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Sheet metal is across westbound Fort Washington Way after a crash early Wednesday. (Provided by brooke Krentz) Sheet metal is across westbound Fort Washington Way after a crash early Wednesday. (Provided by brooke Krentz)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A flatbed truck lost its load of steel coming out of the Lytle Tunnel early Wednesday, spilling a long roll of steel onto westbound Fort Washington Way and creating a traffic headache in Downtown Cincinnati early Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said.

The far right lane remains blocked while police try to clear the steel. Crews are trying to cut the long roll so it can be loaded onto a vehicle and hauled out.

Earlier, all lanes but one were blocked when the spill occurred just before 7 a.m.

All southbound I-71 traffic also was diverted onto southbound I-471, but now two lanes are open through the tunnel onto westbound Fort Washington Way, a police spokeswoman said.

And, westbound vehicles along Columbia Parkway were forced off onto Third Street through Downtown, where extra officers were scrambled to the intersection of Third and Broadway streets to handle the explosion of traffic.

The semi driver, identified as Eric Menasian of South Carolina, was cited with failure to secure his load, said Tiffaney Hardy, police spokeswoman.

It remains unclear if speed is a factor, she said.

The road was damaged, she added.

Crews will remain on scene until at least 10:30 a.m.

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