COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — One lane is open on I-70 eastbound in Licking County between State Routes 79 and 13 following a fatal accident.
A car accident occurred shortly before midnight on Thursday involving a semi-truck carrying powdered chemicals that spilled onto I-70 between Routes 79 and 13, according to Licking County Emergency Management.
Cleanup began around 6 a.m. and is expected to take several hours. Emergency management is recommending drivers use Route 40 eastbound as an alternative.
James Parker, 82, was driving a Chevrolet Equinox westbound on I-70 around 11:42 p.m. on Thursday when he struck a semi-truck carrying hazmat materials, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The truck continued off the roadway, driving through a guardrail and overturning into a body of water.
Parker was pronounced dead at the scene, the OSHP said. The driver of the semi-truck was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the OSHP.