Tanker explodes in Shelby County


ANNA, Ohio (WDTN) – A semi-truck driver avoided serious injury, leaving his truck moments before it exploded in Shelby County on Thursday morning.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the driver stopped to fill the semi with gas at the Ohio 119 exit in Anna.

After filling up with gas, the driver noticed some irregularities with his vehicle and called his company.

Moments later he parked the semi and moved away from the vehicle. It exploded minutes later, spilling some of its chemical contents on the road.

The semi was hauling a tanker filled with Sodium Hydroxide.

Exit 119 will remain closed for another two to three weeks while crews continue to clean up the area.

Multiple fire crews and a hazmat team responded to the scene. The exit ramp to I-75 southbound was closed and the overpass was closed in both directions.

Traffic on I-75 was not affected by the clean-up efforts.

The driver will not be cited in the explosion. Investigators say that the driver did the right thing in this instance.

No one was injured, and no homes were evacuated. The Anna Fire Department says none of the chemicals affected water lines in the area.

“We’re pretty fortunate. The driver did a good job of recognizing the issue, pulling off. He was calling for assistance and we feel pretty fortunate that he wasn’t injured,” said Lt. Joseph Gebhart of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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