Route 8 reopens in Northeast Ohio after truck crash and explosion; One dead

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A tanker truck driver was killed after he ran off the side of a bridge, causing the truck to catch fire on northbound Route 8 in Macedonia on Saturday morning.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the tanker was northbound on Route 8 at approximately 9 a.m. and was attempting to get onto Interstate 271 North when the truck lost control and went over the side of the bridge. Where Route 8 and northbound I-271 meet, Route 8 continues with two lanes on the right side, while I-271 splits into a ramp on the left side.

The truck landed on the northbound lanes of Route 8 before exploding.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the truck driver died as a result of his injuries sustained during the accident.

A truck overturned and caught fire on State Route 8 Saturday morning in Macedonia.  This photo taken by one of the drivers shows the truck on fire before emergency responses arrived.

A truck overturned and caught fire on State Route 8 Saturday morning in Macedonia. This photo taken by one of the drivers shows the truck on fire before emergency responses arrived.

Northbound Route 8 reopened around 2 p.m. At that time, the ramps from northbound Route 8 to northbound I-271 and southbound I-271 to southbound Route 8 were still closed. Southbound Route 8 was also closed between Highland Road and Hines Hill Road.

The accident is being investigated by the Summit Metro Crash Team, and the bridge is being inspected for safety.

Hazardous Materials was called to the scene due to a fuel leak from the tanker. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is also on scene, as well as the Macedonia and Twinsburg Fire Departments, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Macedonia Police Department.

According to information from the police scanner, flames from the tanker explosion reached the nearby Brandywine/Indian Creek area, causing it to catch fire as well. Nearby residences also reported being affected by smoke.

This story will be updated.

An oil tanker overturned on State Route 8 on Saturday morning.  This photo taken around 10 a.m. shows the truck still smoking in the upper left corner.

An oil tanker overturned on State Route 8 on Saturday morning. This photo taken around 10 a.m. shows the truck still smoking in the upper left corner.

This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon: A driver dies after a truck crash, and an explosion closes Route 8 in Macedonia

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