Friday, January 18, 2008


Amherst – Amherst Firefighters responded to the Ohio Turnpike Friday morning after a semi rear-ended another semi.

Chief Wayne Northeim of the Amherst Fire Department said that the semis were both traveling eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike near the 142-mile marker when the front one started to slow down and pull over. “This gentleman in the front semi was pulling off to the side of the road, for a reason that I don’t know and the gentleman in the back apparently didn’t see him and just ran right into the back of him.”

Chief Northeim said that approximately 70 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled after the collision. “Our Firefighters worked closely with the Turnpike crews, who did an excellent job, to contain the spill. We used absorbent and brooms to contain it, the absorbent is first used to stop it and to contain it. That is our job, contain it and make this area as safe as possible. The Turnpike will have a clean up company come out to excavate the dirt that was contaminated by the diesel fuel and the water way where ever it got into there they will clean that up also.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that the driver of the second semi received injuries in the crash and was transported from the scene by LifeCare Ambulance.

To see more photos from the scene: CLICK HERE

Remember if you are driving and see an accident scene ahead, “SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER”. Allow Police, Fire, EMS and Tow Services to do their jobs without becoming a victim.


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