YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The morning commute for drivers in Mahoning and Trumbull counties is a lot easier Friday following three accidents that created traffic tie-ups and road closures.
The latest was around 11:45 p.m. Thursday when a tractor-trailer carrying three vehicles rolled over on I-80 westbound in Liberty Township.
A gas tank on the side of the semi was crushed and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel leaked onto the road. HAZMAT was called to clean up the area. The scene was cleared, and traffic began moving quickly.
The driver was identified by Highway Patrol as 39-year-old Wojtek Wencel, of Mayfield Heights. Wencel had minor injuries and was treated and released at the hospital.
At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, a tractor-trailer went off the side of the road and rolled over on I-80 in Hubbard Township. No lanes were blocked because the semi was off to the side of the road. Crews worked to clear the truck early Friday morning.
A passenger was treated for minor injuries at St. Elizabeth Hospital in that accident.
Thursday morning, a tractor-trailer carrying around 8,000 gallons of gasoline rolled over on I-80 in Liberty Township and caught fire. Portions of the intersection were closed until Thursday afternoon. All lanes in that are clear and traffic is moving freely.
Heavy construction areas peppered along I-80 creates a challenge for travelers and emergency crews. During Thursday morning’s accident, some firefighters were delayed getting to the scene because of the heavy traffic tie-ups and detours.