PLAIN TWP., Ohio — A portion of U.S. Route 30 in Wayne County could be closed for nearly five days after a semi crash and tanker fire Sunday afternoon.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened at about 4:15 p.m.
Reports state that a Marathon gasoline tanker truck was traveling west on U.S. 30 and was stopped in traffic due to a previous crash about 1/2 mile ahead. The driver of a semi that was traveling west on U.S. 30 approached the tanker from behind, failing to stop and hitting it.
Both vehicles became immediately engulfed.
The tanker driver, who is from Canton, was able to exit his truck and move to safety. He was not injured.
But the semi driver, who is from Michigan, was ejected and found in the grass median. He sustained serious injuries including broken bones and burns. He was taken by medical helicopter to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
U.S. 30 was closed in both directions between Elyria Road and Jefferson Road until the eastbound side was reopened at about 8 p.m.
Several fire departments responded to the scene, and due to fuel spillage, the Wayne County EPA responded as well.
The tanker was carrying 6,400 gallons of gasoline and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel at the time of the crash.
Fires also started along 700 feet of the roadway due to the fuel spillage.
The westbound lanes of U.S. 30 remained closed Sunday night, and the Ohio Department of Transportation estimates it could be closed for up to five days.
No charges have been filed yet, and the crash remains under investigation.