Semi Truck Rolls Over Spilling Propane Tanks

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Crews are working to restore power after a semi-truck rollover in Hubbard Township downed power lines and damaged a transformer.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Route 7, near Chestnut Ridge Road.

According to the Ohio State Patrol, Jeffrey L. Retar, 44, of Youngstown, was traveling south on Route 7 when he veered off the side of the road and failed to regain control. The truck hit a telephone pole, downing wires and damaging a transformer, before it rolled over, spilling its load of empty propane tanks across a residential yard.

Retar was driving a tractor-trailer owned by Strimbu Trucking of Brookfield.

The road will be closed into Sunday evening as crews work to replace the utility pole and restore power.

Power outages have been reported in the Kermont Heights area due to the accident.

Neighbors said several tractor trailer accidents have occurred in that same area.

“There’s too many. They say no ‘Jake Brakes,’ but they’re using them,” said Hubbard Township resident Darryl Swesey. “They should be rerouted. I don’t know if they are going around the scales or what, but something should be looked into.”

The driver was not injured. The accident is still under investigation.

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