YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – State Route 5 is now open at the westbound exit ramp to Market Street, following a crash that occurred around 11:00 Saturday morning.
The ramp was closed for about three hours after a Big Blue Trucking semi rolled over. The truck is a complete loss.
“He failed to negotiate the curve. He was going too fast to negotiate it safely, and his truck rolled over,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Wilson.
The driver, Keith Elliott, 57, of Leavittsburg walked away from the accident with just a broken arm.
“His arm was pinned underneath the cab, and he was pinned inside the vehicle,” Sgt. Wilson said. “Once the fire crew was able to free his arm, they had to cut him out of the cab also.”
Warren Township Police and Fire, OSP, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Harshman Towing all responded to the call.
“There was a minimal spill of some diesel fuel, it’s very minimal. There’s no hazard and once we get it cleaned up, it will be safe for road travel again,” Sgt. Wilson said.
Crews were on scene to clean up the accident with an excavator. The truck was carrying 42 tons of furnace coke when it crashed. The trucking company spread peat moss on the road to absorb the fuel.
“Speed is always dangerous, so when you’re negotiating a ramp, make sure you’re not doing anything else, like playing with your phone or the radio,” Sgt. Wilson said. “Pay attention to the curve in the roadway and make sure you’re driving at a safe speed. Slower is always better.”
A previous report said the accident occurred on State Route 82. The story has been corrected to State Route 5.