Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Two overturned trucks snarl traffic along I-275

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        Two tractor-trailer accidents on Interstate 275 — at opposite ends of Hamilton County — tied up traffic Tuesday at busy interchanges for hours.

[photo] Tony Connelly, a driver for Builder's First Source, prepares to climb from the cab of his overturned flatbed truck. The accident occurred on southbound Interstate 275 near the Kellogg Avenue exit.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        There were no serious injuries in either crash, which occurred within 20 minutes of each other Tuesday morning.

        In the first accident, at about 9:15 a.m., a tanker-trailer carrying 6,800 gallons of motor oil flipped twice while exiting northbound I-275 onto westbound Interstate 74 in Whitewater Township.

        The driver, William Earl Jones, 59, of Sheridan, Ind., was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released.

        A small amount of motor oil spilled onto the berm next to the road. Authorities mopped it up with absorbent tarps; there was no environmental damage, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        That accident closed the ramp from northbound I-275 to west bound I-74 for most of the day.

[photo] Hamilton County Sheriff's Corp. Barbara Stuckey walks past an overturned tanker at Interstates 275 and 74 in Whitewater Township on Tuesday. The Taylor Oil Co. truck was hauling motor oil.
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        The second crash, just after 9:30 a.m., was on southbound I-275 near Kellogg Avenue in Anderson Township.

        The driver of a flatbed truck swerved to avoid a slow-moving pickup that was straddling the right shoulder and right traffic lane. The empty flatbed ended up on its side in a grassy area off the road.

        The flatbed driver, Tony Connelly, 26, of Morning View, Ky., was treated at the scene for minor cuts.

        “I climbed out the passenger's side window,” Mr. Connelly said. “Thank God for seat belts.”

        The pickup driver, Charles Coatney, 75, of Batavia, was cited for failing to drive within marked lanes.


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