Interstate 70 had to be closed for nearly 12 hours after a semi hauling produce crashed and caught fire, WHIZ-TV reported on October 26, 2011. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol told WCMH-TV that both fuel tanks ruptured and spilled fuel onto the roadway. Crews worked to clean up diesel fuel spilled on the bridge and also placed booms in the Valley Run stream to stop the flow of diesel fuel, according to WHIZ.
The driver of the semi was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville with minor injuries. According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, the driver was trying to avoid a deer.
An animal darting across the highway can certainly cause any driver to lose control of their vehicle, but the semi in this incident rolling over at around 2:00 a.m. should immediately cause a Cincinnati truck accident attorney to consider investigating whether driver fatigue may have been a factor. It is extremely important for people who have been involved in truck accidents to immediately contact a lawyer so log books can be secured as soon as possible. Failure to follow rest intervals or failure to update the log book are both violations of commercial trucking regulations and could entitle you to damages for any injuries you suffered.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident that you believe was the result of driver fatigue or some other type of driver negligence, contact our office today to set up a consultation and see how we may be able to help.