Crashes cause problems on Interstate 680

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — It was a tough drive home Tuesday afternoon for dozens of motorists after a semi accident shut down both southbound lanes of Interstate 680.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. near the Route 711 connector. A semi truck hit a guardrail and dumped a load of scrap metal onto the highway.

According to a police report, the truck driver, Gary Stayer, felt the truck’s wheels go off the road, then may have over-corrected, causing the trailer to swing into lanes of traffic.

The exit ramp off 711 onto I-680 southbound was also closed and motorists were detoured.

The driver of the truck did not appear to be injured. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

There were two other crashes in the southbound lanes on Interstate 680 between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. A car and tractor-trailer collided at the Glenwood entrance ramp to I-680.

Once that accident was cleaned up, another crash occurred at the exit ramp for Glenwood Avenue.  It’s believed that accident was caused by the other crash.

Ironically, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Youngstown Police started an enforcement program Tuesday to reduce crashes on the interstate in Youngstown, Austintown and Boardman.

The targeted enforcement program is the result of eight fatal crashes, 337 injury crashes and 876 property damage crashes on the interstate between 2009 and 2013, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The patrol said most of those crashes were the result of unsafe speed.

Police will target all violations with an emphasis on speed, following too closely, improper lane changes, OVI, seat belt violations and failing to move over or slow down to a stopped emergency and public safety vehicle. The patrol will utilize aircraft to assist with its ground operations.

During three days last week, the patrol and the Youngstown Police Department issued more than 100 traffic tickets on I-680 for speed.

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