Tuesday, June 19, 2007


A semi that crashed and rolled over in Grafton Township Tuesday afternoon closed down a portion of Route 303 for hours.

Grafton Township Fire Chief Bob Richards said they received a call of lines down and a truck that had rolled over on route 303 near Cowley Road. “When we arrived we found the truck in the ditch and some wires down. The driver received some cuts and scrapes but seems to be fine.” The driver was transported to an area hospital by Grafton Township Fire Department.

Chief Richards said that the driver took the undercarriage of the truck off during the crash, rupturing the 150 gallon fuel tank spilling an undetermined amount fuel into the drainage ditch. A zone trailor for the Lorain County Hazmat Unit was sent to the scene along with Lorain County Emergency Management Director Tom Kelly to determine the best way to clean up the area. The threat of impending thunderstorms also concerned officials at the scene not knowing where the fuel would wash to.

The Ohio Sate Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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