2,000 gallons of tar spilled in Miami Township tractor-trailer crash

2,000 gallons of tar spilled in Miami Township tractor-trailer crash
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says deputies responded to a crash in Miami Township where 2,000 gallons of tar spilled on the roadway. (Source: WXIX)

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A portion of a Miami Township road will remain closed until Monday because a tractor-trailer rolled over and spilled 2,000 gallons of tar.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Lawrenceburg Road.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says Darrell Byer, 51, of Muncie, Indiana, was driving a 2007 International semi-tractor with a liquid cargo tank trailer that was filled with 5,883 gallons of hot pitch (tar).

As he exited a left-bound curve, the semi hit a guard rail and left the right side of the road.

Byer lost control of the tractor-trailer, it went into a ditch, and rolled over onto its left side.

Sheriff Neil says Byer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Tar from the semi leaked onto the roadway and into a nearby ditch, but Neil says it caused minimal environmental impact.

The sheriff says speed and impairment were not factors in the crash. Byer was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control of his vehicle.

The 1800 block of Lawrenceburg Road will stay closed while clean up and roadway pairs are being completed.

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