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Crash leaves drivers stranded for hours


A multi-vehicle crash Monday afternoon closed I-70 eastbound and left drivers stranded for hours.

The collision also spewed food across the interstate and left both lanes impassable as remediation efforts went on into the night.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Kyle Shirer, the agency is investigating a two-vehicle crash along I-70 eastbound near the Norwich Exit which took place at around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

A 2021 Freightliner, driven by a 58-year-old Ronnie Mcneely of Crestview, Florida, was traveling westbound on I-70. Mcneely lost control of the vehicle and went off the left side of the roadway.

The Freightliner crossed the median and overturned onto I-70 eastbound, blocking both lanes.

A 2005 Peterbilt, driven by 40-year-old Joseph Martin of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, was eastbound on I-70 and attempted to avoid the Freightliner, but struck the trailer that was across I-70.

Both drivers were treated at the scene by the Perry Township Fire Department. Numerous individuals reached out to our media organization stating they were stuck in traffic for up to six hours as they waited for the roadway to be reopened.

According to the OSHP, the Interstate was closed for several hours due to a large amount of food grade material being spilled onto the roadway; the crash remains under investigation.

Troopers and Perry Township were assisted by the New Concord Fire Department, the Muskingum County EMA and the Ohio Department of Transporation.

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