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1 dead after dump truck with its bed up knocks highway sign onto pickup on I-480 WB near State Road

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Posted at 9:16 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 12:02:31-04

CLEVELAND — One person has died after a highway sign was hit and crashed down on a pickup truck traveling on I-480 westbound near State Road on Thursday morning, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A spokesperson for the OSHP said a 2015 Western Star dump truck was traveling westbound with its bed up, when it hit an overhead sign at State Road, causing it to fall onto a gray 2019 Ford F-150 truck.

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Highway sign fell onto this pick-up, killing the driver.

The pickup's driver died as a result of the crash.

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An investigator at the scene confirmed to News 5 that this was the dump truck that knocked down the highway sign.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the dump truck involved in the crash was leaving a construction site on I-480 west between State Route 176 and State Road. The truck and 38-year-old driver of the dump truck were hired as an independent contractor by CJ Zac, a subcontractor on the project, to deliver topsoil to the site.

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Investigator confirms this is the dump truck that knocked down the highway sign onto traffic traveling on I-480 westbound.

Investigators will be focusing on whether this was a mechanical problem or operator error.

The Ohio Department of Transportation set up detours for motorists traveling in the area.

The crash remains under investigation.

RELATED: Driver killed on I-480 Thursday morning identified as A. Ripepi & Sons funeral director

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