Wrong-way crash sparks massive tanker truck explosion in Ohio

Ellen Mills
May 1, 2017

Police say one driver was killed in a fiery explosion on Interstate 75 in Ohio.

A auto traveling the wrong way on southbound Interstate 75 crashed into a gasoline tanker truck in Dayton, Ohio, creating a massive, smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions Sunday evening.

ABC4's sister station WDTN in Dayton captured this incredible footage.

Mark Ponichtera told WHIO, the CBS affiliate in Dayton, that a wrong-way driver of a vehicle crashed head-on into the tanker carrying gasoline.

The collision at about 4:40 p.m. shut down the interstate between US 35 and OH 4, a well-traveled section of the road that winds through downtown Dayton. Some parts were expected to remain closed for an extended period of time as crews work to assess and fix damage to the pavement. "We do have a hazmat response as a result of that", Lt. Mark Ponichtera said. Identities haven't been released of either the deceased or truck driver.

Cook said troopers are investigating whether everyone was wearing seat belts.

A portion of the highway remains closed.

Three medic units were requested to a reported rollover crash on North Union Road in Franklin Twp. early Monday morning.

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