HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Two people have been hospitalized after a semi-truck crashed on I-70 eastbound, closing lanes and causing travelers significant delays.
According to Huber Heights dispatch, a semi-truck crashed on I-70 east by mile marker 35.6. According to Sergeant Brian Carr with Huber Heights PD, the truck veered to the right and crashed through the sound barrier wall before getting both the truck and trailer stuck in the mud off the road. This barrier is intended to separate the highway from a residential area nearby.
Carr said the first officers on the scene reported heavy smoke was coming from the vehicle and found two people partially trapped inside.
A man and a woman were trapped in the cabin for nearly half an hour while medics worked to stabilize their injuries, Carr said. One of the people was brought by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in serious, possibly critical condition. The other was brought by ambulance to the same hospital with serious injuries.
A tow truck was called to pull the truck and trailer out of the mud, Carr said.
Sgt. Carr said that officers are unsure what may have caused the truck to crash. The accident investigation team is currently working on the incident, however, a release by Carr stated that speed does not seem to be a factor.
I-70 east was limited to a single lane, before the road was closed entirely, according to the Ohio DOT OHGO live traffic map. As of 944 am, traffic cameras showed that at least one lane had reopened.
Huber Heights Police said on Facebook that I-70 east will be severely congested for a mile before the off-ramp for SR 202. The I-75 northbound ramp to I-70 east has also been shut down.
This incident remains under investigation.