All Clear: Tanker truck crashes, spills chemical onto turnpike


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STREETSBORO, OH (WOIO) - Wednesday morning's commute disaster on the Ohio Turnpike has finally fizzled out.

A tanker truck carrying a mild solution of hydrochloric acid was involved in an accident around I-480 in the Streetsboro area and spilled its contents around midnight. The chemical was only a 10% solution, which is considered mild, but EPA and HazMat teams were called to the scene.

Crews worked thoroughly and cautiously to clean up the chemical spill throughout the morning hours.

All lanes of the turnpike are back open to all traffic.

About 40 to 60 Streetsboro residents were evacuated as a precaution, but have since been allowed to return to their homes.

The driver, a 46-year-old man from Ohio City, was able to remove himself from the wreckage and was found outside of the truck. He was quickly assessed by paramedics and moved as safe distance from the scene in an ambulance. He had no obvious injuries but agreed to be transported by Streetsboro EMS to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for evaluation.

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