WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Heavy rains caused some problems on Interstate 80 on Thursday morning, and a crash involving a tractor trailer compounded the problem.
Thursday’s heavy rains left high water near the overpass at Salt Springs Road. As Ohio Department of Transportation crews were moving traffic into a single lane to avoid the water just after 7 a.m., a semi drove off the inside shoulder of the highway and hit a guardrail — forcing traffic to be detoured around the area.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say drivers really need to pay attention at all times.
“During rush hour, people are going to work, maybe trying to get home from work and just one, one person just not paying attention drives off the road and strikes a guardrail and causes the situation we had this morning,” said Lt. Brian Holt.
Troopers and ODOT were quickly able to detour traffic off the highway, using the ramps to and from Salt Springs Road to get around both the wreck and the water. It did create a backup lasting a couple hours, however.
The highway reopened about 9:20 a.m., and traffic is following normally through the area.
The several-mile stretch of I-80 in Trumbull County has seen more than its share of accidents lately, including a fiery crash near the Belmont Avenue exit late last month that closed the highway in both directions for hours. In nearly all of them, investigators have blamed driver inattention.
Troopers did cite the driver of that semi with causing Thursday’s crash.
There is a continued chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the rest of the day.
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