Amherst, Ohio – Authorities released more information about the fiery breakdown between two semi-closed trucks Wednesday night, when both the eastern and western lanes were closed to turn at mile 143 in Amherst, near Illyria.
The fiery crash that closed the back door on Wednesday night included the semi-finals
At approximately 8:20 p.m., Ohio Highway Patrol soldiers were called to the eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike at mile center 142.7 near Illyria Township in Lorain County.
OSHP said in a press release that a 34-year-old man was driving a semi-truck in the eastbound right lane of the turnstile when the truck became idle, partially en route. Another semi-truck, driven by a 57-year-old man in the right lane, collided with the idling half-truck, then ran off the left side of the road and crashed into the concrete center wall.
Both trucks caught fire. The truck the 34-year-old was driving was carrying a load of resin that continued to burn for the next hour.
An image from an Ohio Department of Transportation’s traffic camera at the wheel shows the moment a giant fireball erupted from a vehicle. A viewer video obtained by News 5 shows firefighters working to put out the flames that engulfed each vehicle.
The OSHP said none of the drivers were injured in the accident.
Both east and westbound lanes were closed to circulation, and so was the I-90 interchange overpass. Westbound lanes reopened that evening, and eastbound lanes remained closed overnight. By Thursday morning, some eastbound lanes had reopened, but there were lane restrictions where the burning truck wreck remained.
Currently, no charges have been issued, and it does not appear that alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident.