Akron vehicle fire shuts down highway, evacuates 2 schools

Witnesses describe fatal wreck that unfolded right in front of them on Route 8

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Route 8 between Tallmadge Avenue and Howe Avenue is reopening southbound following a vehicle fire this morning.

The road will remain closed northbound until this evening while officials inspect the road to make sure it’s safe for traffic.

Akron Police said the fire was caused by an incident involving a car and a tanker.

Akron Police advised residents and businesses within a half mile radius of the incident to evacuate.

That includes North High School and Harris Jackson CLC.

Akron Public Schools said no classes are in session at either school but teachers, administrators and custodial staff were in the buildings.

Gorge Metro Park will be closed today following a sewer fire related to the tanker.

Fire after an incident involving a car and a tanker on Route 8 in Akron.
Fire after an incident involving a car and a tanker on Route 8 in Akron. (Source: Tara Marie)

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