A tanker truck driver lost his life in Athens, Ohio, this morning after his truck slid off of a slick overpass onto the roadway below.
Most recent update: A Georgia man has died after a tanker semi-truck crashed in Athens Monday morning. https://t.co/g458YZ6nDv
— Athens Messenger (@athensmessenger) January 8, 2018
Trucker Loses Life After Crashing Off Icy Overpass
The crash happened just after 5 a.m.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 56 year old Georgia-based truck driver Jeffery Byrd was hauling a tanker full of high fructose corn syrup west on U.S. Route 33 when he lost control of his truck. The truck struck a guard rail on the left side of the roadway and then went over a bridge railing, coming to land on Richland Avenue below.
BREAKING: Driver dies after semi-truck slid off U.S. Rt. 33 overpass early this morning: https://t.co/c6WRzTWCrJ
— The Athens NEWS (@TheAthensNEWS) January 8, 2018
Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other injuries were reported.
The Ohio State Patrol continues to investigate the cause of the crash.
Athens County remains under a Level 2 Snow Emergency. Transportation officials urge drivers to use caution.
#BREAKING: Athens County has upgraded to a Level 2 Snow Emergency. “Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads.” https://t.co/8OVpPy3mqw #OhioWX pic.twitter.com/OkXjQm9HiL
— ABC6 (@wsyx6) January 8, 2018