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Hazmat team called to the scene of Ohio accident

Ohio authorities called in a hazmat crew on the afternoon of June 20 when a semi-truck that had been hauling gasoline was involved in an accident with two other vehicles in Licking County. The accident took place on U.S. Route 62 at approximately 3:30 p.m. A medical helicopter was also dispatched to the scene.

According to a Licking County Sheriff's Office report, the accident occurred when an SUV traveling westbound on U.S. Route 62 crossed the center line and entered the path of eastbound traffic near Utica. The SUV was then struck by an oncoming gasoline truck. The third vehicle involved struck the back of a pickup truck hauling a trailer as its driver attempted to avoid the gasoline truck. The driver of the gasoline truck suffered what were described as minor injuries and he was taken in a private vehicle to a nearby hospital. The SUV's driver was more badly hurt and was airlifted to a trauma center in Columbus for treatment. The driver of the third vehicle escaped the accident without injury.

The accident caused U.S. Route 62 to be closed to traffic in both directions as first responders tended to the injured SUV driver and a hazmat team worked to bring a gasoline leak under control. More than a hundred gallons of the tankers approximately 8,500 gallon load is said to have leaked onto the roadway and surrounding area.

People who are involved in a head-on collision involving a wrong-way driver often suffer catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries. While these accidents may sometimes be caused by a malfunction of some kind, they are more often the result of distracted, impaired or fatigued driving. Personal injury attorneys representing injured plaintiffs can attempt to demonstrate that the motorist who was traveling the wrong way was negligent and should thus be held financially responsible by reviewing the accident investigation report, cellphone records and other evidence.

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