Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Truck plunges 30 feet into creek

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP — A Hamilton man was taken by helicopter to University Hospital on Monday morning after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into a bridge guardrail and landed in Whitewater Creek.

        James H. Imoff, 32, lost control of his 1988 Mack truck on an S-curve on Kilby Road between Dry Fork Road and Interstate 275, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        The tanker and most of the trailer fell about 30 feet over the bridge into the creek.

        The Whitewater Township Fire and Rescue department found Mr. Imhoff by the tractor-trailer near the water below the bridge.

        He was listed in fair condition late Monday.

        The trailer and tanker, owned by Cincinnati-based United Waste Water Services, was hauling what was thought to be a mixture of water and oil.

        The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Coast Guard officials also responded because of diesel fuel leaking from the tractor and water leaking from the tanker.

        Hamilton County engineers examined the bridge for structural damage.


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