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Tanker driver perishes after fiery plummet off Ohio interstate ramp

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A tanker truck driver lost his life in a single vehicle crash off an Ohio interstate ramp over the weekend.

The crash occurred at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, in Northfield Center Township, Ohio.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, a tanker truck driver was northbound on SR 8 when he attempted to merge onto I-271 north.

Police say the truck driver lost control and went over the side of the bridge, landing on SR 8 and catching fire.

Multiple fire departments and a HAZMAT team responded to the scene.

It was determined that the tanker truck driver died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Officials say that the tanker truck was loaded with 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel when the crash occurred. The diesel spill caused by the crash caused the nearby Brandywine Creek to briefly catch fire, according to the Ohio EPA.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) traffic cameras captured the crash. You can view the video below.

ODOT says that traffic will be impacted by damage caused by the fiery crash for several days at SR 8 and the I-271 interchange.

“Safety will always be our top priority. We know that keeping these closures in place is a major inconvenience to thousands of motorists, but we will never trade convenience for safety,” said ODOT District 4 Deputy Director Gery Noirot. “Our team will be working hand in hand with contractors to make emergency repairs and reopen the closed roadways and bridges as soon as we deem it safe to do so.”

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