Semi driver breaks windshield to escape fiery crash on Route 5

A tanker truck crash in Paris Township closed Route 5 for several hours.
Courtesy: Palmyra Fire Department

PARIS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A tractor-trailer driver suffered minor injuries after the tanker truck he was driving crashed into a guardrail Sunday in Paris Township.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Derek W. Johns, 39, of Marshville, Ohio, was traveling east on Route 5 about 6:35 a.m. when he went left of center and hit a guardrail. The tanker then flipped over, splitting open the tank containing 8,000 of gasoline.

The gas immediately caught fire and consumed the truck. Johns, who was using his seat belt, was able to release himself and break the windshield to escape the truck. He was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna with minor injuries.

The fire from the tanker burned for about an hour and shut down traffic on Route 5.

Johns was cited for failure to control.

Route 5 between Route 225 and Ravenna will remain closed through 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 for pavement repairs caused by the accident. The detour eastbound is Route 14 to Interstate 76 eastbound to Route 225 north to Route 5. The westbound detour is Route 225 south to Interstate 76 west to Route 14 to Route 5.

Fire departments with Paris, Palmyra, and Charleston townships responded to the scene.

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