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Semi driver dies after truck overturns on exit ramp on SR-11 in Ashtabula Co., spills corrosive liquid

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 14:56:05-04

ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio — A semi-tractor trailer driver died Wednesday morning after the truck he was driving failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway and overturned onto its side on State Route 11 in Ashtabula County.

The crash happened at about 4:27 a.m. on the exit ramp from SR-11 south to Seven Hills Road, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver, 54-year-old Timothy Blood, was exiting onto the ramp when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and came to a rest on its side, the release states.

The semi-tractor trailer was hauling about 4,000 gallons of corrosive liquid, and an unknown quantity leaked out, OSHP stated.

Blood was not wearing a seatbelt and had to be extricated from the cab of the trailer, officials stated. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHP said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

As of 2:50 p.m., online information from the Ohio Department of Transportation indicated the Seven Hills Road exit ramp has reopened after being closed for several hours Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Plymouth Township Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.