911 callers warn of wrong-way driver on SB

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Updated: Monday, May 01, 2017 @ 6:43 AM
By: Tom Gnau, Katie Wedell, Breaking News Staff DAYTON – All lanes on Interstate 75 north reopened on Monday after a car traveling the wrong way crashed into a gasoline tanker truck shutting down the interstate in both directions. The right two lanes of southbound I-75 reopened around 5:10 a.m.

Monday morning, however ODOT reported the ramps from SR 4 and SR 48 Main Street to I -75 south remain closed ODOT crews said the rainy conditions are preventing them from opening all the lanes.

  • Once the rain stops, ODOT crews will be able to finish repaving.
  • The car driver, a 30-year-old Beavercreek man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The truck driver suffered minor injuries

> RELATED: These detours will help you navigate around SB I-75 closure in Dayton[1] > VIDEO: Drone flew above crash scene[2]

>PHOTOS: Images from the scene and above the scene[3] > DETOURS: How to deal with the morning commute[4] Police and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office did not release neither the name of the car driver killed, nor the name of the truck driver who suffered minor injuries.

There was concern about gasoline on fire and smoke in the storm sewer system beneath McPherson Town neighborhood in Dayton after a tanker crash and explosion on the interstate nearby. Early Monday, around 12:55 a.m., Interstate 75 south reopened at the I-70 interchange, but the highway remained closed at the SR 4 exit. Traffic is being routed from Interstate 75 south to Ohio 4 north.

A tanker carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline crashed on Interstate 75 near Main Street in Dayton, Sunday April 30, 2017.

“Interstate 75 southbound is going to continue to be shut down between (state) Route 4 and Third Street for the foreseeable future, maybe a day or two, so it’s going to significantly affect the morning and evening commute for the next day or so, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said on Sunday. The crash around 4:45 p.m. created a smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions this evening, sending motorists searching for detours and triggering environmental concerns on reports of thick smoke in part of the city’s sewer system.

The collision at about 4:40 p.m. shut down the interstate between U.S.

35 and Ohio 4, a well-traveled section of the road that winds through downtown Dayton. Shortly before the crash, regional dispatchers were receiving multiple calls about a vehicle going the wrong way on I-75 southbound. The fire burned for hours and smoke could be seen for miles around the downtown area.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and hazardous materials crews, along with representatives of Dayton’s wellfield protection office responded to the scene, Ponichtera said. “We had quite a bit of a scene, large explosions going on right now,” Poinchtera said in a hastily called press conference off the interstate. “The fire crews had to let that burn out before they were able to put foam on that. We do have a hazmat response here as a result of that.”

Brad Roediger, a MacPherson Street resident in Dayton, said he saw smoke early on from the crash. “Then I heard a boom. And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s a little bigger than the fire.’ “It was huge,” he added. “I felt the heat from it. I saw kids riding their bikes, and I told them: You might want to go the other way.”

RELATED: Dayton fatal crash deadliest of 2016 in Ohio[5] There were reports of smoke filling the sewer system in Dayton’s McPherson Town, where thick black smoke was reported and photographed coming from the sewer grates. Residents were told to call 911 if they saw smoke in their basements or homes.

Fire crews were in the neighborhood flushing the storm sewers with water by about 7:30 p.m. Interstate 75 closed following fire

Poinchtera said Ohio Department of Transportation crews must make sure the interstate is structurally sound before opening it again. He expected the southbound side where the crash happened to be closed for a longer period of time.

Less than an hour after the crash, Bob Lenser, the ODOT Montgomery County administrator, warned motorists to stay clear of the area, saying he expected the highway to be closed for some time.

“We haven’t even assessed damage to the pavement,” Lenser said shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday.

ODOT-suggested detours funneled northbound vehicles to I-675 as a detour, telling drivers to head west on I-70 to return to I-75 in the area of Vandalia.

Drivers traveling south were advised to take I-75 to I-70 eastbound to I-675 south.

A car and semi tanker collided, which resulted in a massive fire that shut down Interstate 75 in both directions.

References

  1. ^ These detours will help you navigate around SB I-75 closure in Dayton (www.whio.com)
  2. ^ Drone flew above crash scene (www.whio.com)
  3. ^ Images from the scene and above the scene (www.whio.com)
  4. ^ How to deal with the morning commute (www.whio.com)
  5. ^ Dayton fatal crash deadliest of 2016 in Ohio (www.mydaytondailynews.com)

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