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Wrong-way driver crashes into oil tanker causing massive fire in Ohio
A picture provided by CBS affiliate WHIO-TV shows the moment a car collided with a truck carrying gasoline on Sun., April 30, two thousand seventeen in Dayton, Ohio.
Last Updated Apr 30, two thousand seventeen 11:52 PM EDT
A 30-year-old driver going the wrong way on an Ohio interstate collided into a semi-tanker carrying gasoline on Sunday evening causing a massive fire, reports CBS affiliate WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio.
The crash on Interstate-75 left the driver dead while the truck driver suffered minor injuries, according to the Dayton Police Department.
A car and tanker collided creating a plume of smoke that was seen for miles on Sun., April 30, 2017.
Officials reopened the northbound lane of I-75 after having to close the interstate to all traffic earlier in the night.
“Interstate seventy five southbound is going to proceed to be shut down inbetween (state) Route four and Third Street for the foreseeable future, maybe a day or two, so it’s going to significantly affect the morning and evening commute for the next day or so,” Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.
Twitter user @SarahDroesch posted a movie demonstrating a dark plume of smoke:
WHIO reports that the fire burned for hours and smoke could be seen for miles.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and hazardous materials crews reported to the scene, according to Ponichtera.
“We had fairly a bit of a scene, large explosions going on right now,” Poinchtera said in a hastily called press conference off the interstate. “The fire crews had to let that burn out before they were able to put foam on that. We do have a Haz-Mat response here as a result of that.”
Twitter user @JeffMonbeck caught this angle of the crash and posted movie online:
There were reports of smoke packing the sewer system in a nearby town and residents were urged to call nine hundred eleven if they smelled any in their basement or home.
WHIO reports the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is on scene. Identities haven’t been released of either the deceased or truck driver.
The station spoke with resident Brad Roediger.
“Then I heard a boom. And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s a little fatter than the fire.’ “It was yam-sized,” Roediger told WHIO. “I felt the fever from it. I eyed kids railing their bikes, and I told them: You might want to go the other way.”
A traffic cam from the Ohio Department of Traffic caught the moment a giant fireball exploded into the sky after the two vehicles collided. Witness the movie below: