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Published: Tuesday, 5/8/2012

3 trucks crash, damage overpass in eastern Ohio

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — State troopers say three tractor-trailers crashed and significantly damaged a highway overpass in eastern Ohio, blocking westbound traffic near the intersection of two busy interstates.

The collision happened late Monday on Interstate 70 near Cambridge, just west of where the highway links to Interstate 77. Officials expected the I-70 bridge to remain closed through midday Tuesday and were rerouting traffic north around the crash.

Trooper Kyle Shirer says the collision occurred when one driver hit his brakes, lost control of his truck and jack-knifed, blocking the bridge. Two more trucks sideswiped each other as they tried to avoid hitting the first.

The crash significantly damaged the concrete sides of the bridge. No one was seriously hurt.

The driver of the first truck was cited for failure to control.



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