BRACEVILLE TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – All lanes of the Ohio Turnpike reopened Friday following a deadly crash that involved two semi tractor-trailers in Braceville Township.
Eugene Bell, 67, of Cleveland, was traveling west along the Ohio Turnpike in a 2003 Freight-liner semi that was pulling a dump trailer.
Suddenly, an unknown semi pulled into the roadway from the right berm at a slow speed, causing Bell to brake.
Bell was then rear-ended near Mile Post 207 by 51-year-old Mathew Bishop of Springville, Utah. Bishop was driving a 2003 Volvo semi that was pulling a flatbed trailer with three conversion vans loaded on it.
Bishop was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I heard a loud boom and I was worried about my neighbor down the road, so I got in my car to go down and make sure he was okay, and I seen the accident,” said Debbie Dean, who lives nearby. “I went home, parked my car and walked back down here and wanted to see what was going on.”
There was also a large fuel spill as a result of the accident, so Hazmat crews were called to the scene.
The turnpike’s westbound lanes were closed between Exit 209 SR 5 and Exit 193 SR 44, just past the Route 534 overpass, while crews cleaned up. Traffic was backed up for several miles.
It took clean-up crews about four hours to clear the scene of the crash.