One person has died as a result of an accident on a foggy road in Ohio on Monday, July 13, 2015. The crash occurred just before 8 a.m. on U.S. Highway 6 in Wood County, Ohio, close to the Silverwood Road exit between State Route 199 and County Road 237. First responders and police on scene have stated that the foggy weather conditions may have caused low visibility and played a contributing role in the accident.
The crash occurred when several large vehicles, including a school bus and two tanker trucks, were making turns off the highway. As the vehicles were waiting to turn, the second tanker truck rear-ended the first one. The impact of the crash reportedly knocked the large vehicle sideways and into the oncoming lane, at which time it was hit by a van. The fatality was reported to be the driver of the minivan. The identity of the deceased has not been released. Drugs or alcohol are not considered to be factors in this crash at this time.
Four other persons were injured in the crash, though all injured parties are expected to survive. Three adults on board the school bus at the time of the incident were treated on scene, and the driver of one of the tanker trucks was taken to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment of reportedly minor injuries.
A portion of U.S. Highway 6 remains closed as efforts to clear the scene of debris and gasoline that spilled from one of the tankers during the accident continue. Ohio State Highway Patrol officials estimated that the scene may take several hours to be made safe for drivers again, and detours have been put in place. Traffic in the area is expected to remain slow and congested until the cleanup effort is completed later in the day.