Friday, July 05, 2002

Truck flips at Lytle Tunnel - again

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A tractor-trailer tipped over on Fort Washington Way Thursday after the driver lost control in the Lytle Tunnel, shutting down southbound Interstate 71 through the tunnel for nearly six hours.

        No one was hurt in the 10:20 a.m. accident but 48,000 pounds of chain-link fencing and some fuel spilled onto the road.

        Cincinnati Police said it was the seventh time this year a tractor-trailer has tipped over at or near the site.

        The driver, Richard Allsbrook, 42, of Somerset, Ky., was given a citation for load shift, said Officer Jerry Enneking of the police department's traffic unit.

        A witness told police the driver was traveling the speed limit — 40 mph for trucks.

        About once a month, a big truck tips over or loses its load trying to navigate the bobsled-like turn in the Lytle Tunnel, police say.

        “It turns real sharp, and if they are going fast or not paying attention, they will do it,” Officer Enneking said.

        Each time, a critical juncture of Interstate 75 or I-71 is closed for hours and damage is done to the highway.

        More trucks wreck along this 1,000-foot stretch of the highway than at any other spot in the Tristate's 238-mile interstate system. The tunnel is part of a reconstructed Fort Washington Way that was supposed to make downtown driving safer and easier.


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