TIPP CITY — A semi crash on Interstate 75 closed the highway in both directions on Sunday evening.
The crash, which happened in the northbound lane near the 70 mile marker at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, occurred when the driver of a semi that was pulling a tanker trailer apparently lost control and crashed into the center median wall, overturning on the wall.
According to a release provided by Tipp City Fire & EMA Chief Cameron Haller, a steady leak was noted from the trailer and the interstate was shut down for everyone’s safety. The product was not immediately identified by on-scene personnel due to a communication barrier with the driver, who was found safely outside of the tractor.
The driver of the semi was treated and transported by EMS crews, according to Haller.
Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, however no other treatment or transport was needed for the crash victims, Haller said. Two fire personnel were transported to the hospital with minor signs and symptoms of contamination from the product. Both personnel were treated and released from UVMC, the release said.
According to Haller, the trailer contained aluminum brightener, a product used in commercial cleaning situations. Approximately 4,000 gallons of the product was released prior to crews intervening. Haller said the Miami County Hazmat team identified the product, made entry, contained the leak and performed decontamination on all persons on scene, he said.
Multiple departments were represented at the scene, including and not limited to Troy, Piqua, Christiansburg, Bethel and Elizabeth Township EMS, he said. ODOT was an integral part of the scene, according to Haller, supplying personnel and logistic needs for the hazmat team.
Haller said the situation was contained at 9:56 p.m. and crews remained on scene until the clean-up contractor arrived and the tractor and trailer were removed. Haller said crews remained on the scene on Monday, performing clean-up operations with the Ohio EPA.
— Mike Ullery contributed to this story
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