Toppled semi backs up traffic

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HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — There were headaches for drivers stuck in traffic Sunday afternoon on Interstate 80 East, near Hubbard.

Traffic was backed up for miles after a semi-truck went off the highway just before the Hubbard exit.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver, 43-year-old Delmer Partridge of Texas, reached for something in the cab, and simply drove off the road.

He hit a guardrail and barrier, spilling around 120 gallons of diesel fuel across the roadway.

Partridge wasn’t injured, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

“All the pavement was just repaired, they just paved everything, brand-new guardrails, and like I said, there’s no reason for this crash to happen, other than driver inattention,” said Sergeant Will Bancroft of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The semi was owned by Florilli Transportation of West Liberty, Iowa, and was hauling approximately 40,000 pounds of frozen meat.  The load was not released from the trailer but was a total loss due to no refrigeration after the crash.

Traffic on I-80 was maintained with the right lane closed for approximately four-and-a-half hours until the scene could be cleared.

Officials with ODOT and the EPA were on scene to help with the cleanup.

Bancroft said the truck driver was cited for failure to control.

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