I-70, exit to Hoke Road re-opens after semi tips over

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 7:16 AM

Semi tips over off I-70 exit ramp, injuring driver

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m.:

I-70 and the ramp to Hoke Road/Route 49 appears to be re-opened after a crash involving a semi truck that occurred around 5:15 a.m.

UPDATE @ 7:16 a.m.:

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A truck driver is in the hospital and the ramp from I-70 to Hoke Road/Route 49 is closed after a semi truck rolled off the side of the road, according to Sgt. Chris Colbert of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Colbert said that the semi was traveling eastbound on I-70 when it tried to exit onto Route 49/Hoke Road, left the road, and overturned. 

The driver was taken to Grandview Hospital with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, though Colbert said the crash seemed typical of other early-morning crashes where the driver possibly gets tired and their attention slips. However, he added, they would get a better idea of why the truck went off the road after talking more to the driver.

The biggest problem for the crews now, Colbert said, was getting the truck upright and moving. This is because the truck was pulling a tandem trailer filled with freight, and often tandem trailers need to be fully unloaded before they can be picked up. 

Colbert said that the ramp was closed, and cleanup would likely leave it closed for several hours.

INITIAL REPORT:

Police and medics are responding to a report of a crash on the off-ramp from eastbound I-70 to state Route 49.

Scanner traffic indicated that the off-ramp has been blocked. 

We are working to learn more and will update this story with any new information.