Tanker Crash Causes Traffic Snarl on I-70

The driver of a tanker truck was fortunate to walk away from a crash on Interstate 70 near St. Clairsville Wednesday afternoon after he reportedly was forced off the road by an oversized load changing lanes, according to a patrolman with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The tanker truck, which had a Chamberlin Materials of Denton, Texas, sign posted on the door was reportedly traveling westbound in the left lane of I-70 when a truck carrying an oversized load traveling in the right lane moved over into the left lane, forcing the tanker truck off the left side of the road. The tanker crashed into concrete construction barricades, according to Sgt. Jason Greenwood. He said the driver of the truck received minor injuries and refused treatment.

The cab of the truck sustained heavy front-end damage, while the tanker section was mangled on its side. The tanker was visibly leaking sand from the top of the tank into a grassy area of the median.

Greenwood said officials notified the Cambridge Ohio State Highway Patrol post, where officials were in the process of searching for the oversized load that reportedly forced the tanker off the road. He said the driver of that vehicle continued west following the incident.

Traffic backed up in the westbound lanes for nearly two miles, causing many motorists to use the Exit 213 off-ramp to National Road.

The wreck occurred a few hundred yards before the Belmont 80/Industrial Park Road overpass worksite.