COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A man died in a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon that restricted traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate 71 in Delaware County. The crash is now cleared.
William R. Tucker, 48, was driving a 2007 Mack Truck southbound on I-71 when he veered off the right side of the road, hitting the guardrail, a utility pole and several trees, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The truck overturned, falling into a ditch.
Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
Traffic cameras from the Ohio Department of Transportation showed two of three lanes blocked around 1 p.m. by emergency crews responding to the scene. The crash happened north of the Gemini Place exit.
The crash created a major traffic backup, as seen on a traffic camera on I-71 at Bale Kenyon Road.
Drivers were advised to avoid the area.