BRATENAHL – Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol were still gathering facts Saturday morning to determine the cause of Friday’s multi-vehicle crash on I-90 eastbound near the Eddy Road exit.
“The pickup truck drifted off the road striking a disabled vehicle,” said Sgt. Adam Doles from the Cleveland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Doles said the driver of an F-150 pickup truck admitted to starting the chain-reaction crash that shut down I-90 around 11:30 Friday morning. The freeway did not completely reopen until 9:00pm.
“He said he didn’t know why he ran off the road,” said the Sergeant.
“Well we don’t have any proof that he was doing anything else, we have no other corroborating witnesses that he was doing anything else,” the Sergeant said.
Sgt. Doles said he did not believe the driver of the F-150 was under the influence and said there was no indication he was driving while distracted.
After hitting the broken down truck the F-150 careened back into traffic, hitting a tar truck, which hit two other automobiles and flipped.
“There was approximately 1100 gallons [of tar] spilled onto the roadway, which is a very large area and with the heat yesterday, it started to set up and quickly dry,” said the Sergeant.
The Sergeant told Taylor three people were injured, two were taken to the hospital but none were seriously hurt.
After clearing away the tar, crews used a grinder on the roadway to prevent the surface from become slippery.
Sgt. Doles said charges are expected against the F-150 driver, whose identity has not been released.