Massive fire erupts on I-75 after deadly Ohio gas tanker crash

Posted May 01, 2017

The Dayton Police Department said a crash between a vehicle and the semi-tanker happened around 4:45 p.m. Sunday on I-75 south between US 35 and State Route 4.

A driver traveling in the wrong lanes on Sunday afternoon slammed into a tanker truck transporting gasoline, reports WHIO-Channel 7 in Dayton. For southbound, motorists are asked to do the reverse of that-I-70 east to I-675 south back to I-75 just north of Austin Boulevard in Springboro.

75 Sbound b/t Rte. The driver inside the truck suffered minor injuries.

The fire that involved a gasoline tanker truck burned for hours, and smoke could be seen for miles around the downtown area.

"The Department of Transportation is on-scene and they are going to make an assessment of the freeway to make sure it's structurally sound", Dayton Police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said, via WDTN-TV. "We do have a hazmat response as a result of that". "Then I heard a boom". "I felt the heat from it".

The driver of the tanker was cooperating with investigators, he said. The lanes in which the accident occurred remain close, as contractors still need to remove any damaged pavement and repaint the road.