US 24 Now Open After Tuesday's Crash (with Photos)

By Emma Koch

US 24 Now Open After Tuesday's Crash (with Photos)

February 6, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

PAULDING COUNTY, Oh. (www.incnow.tv) -- Police have released more details on the crash on US 24 near County Road 87 that closed down both lanes Tuesday.

The crash that occured at 7:59 a.m. was caused when a Chevy Blazer attempted to cross US 24 to continue on County Road 87 and was struck by a Volvo semi-truck and trailer that was headed eastbound on US 24.

The driver of the Chevy Blazer, 28-year-old Ashley A. Messmann of Paulding was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi-truck tanker, driven by Dale D. Janssens, 41, ruptured and released approximately 1,500 gallons of 97% ethanol liquid into the median.

Police say the spill poses no immediate threat to the community and has been contained by multiple fire departments and the E.P.A.

The initial crash caused other traffic to take evasive action, resulting in seven additional crashes. 11 commercial vehicles, two passenger cars and a pickup truck hauling excavating equipment were involved. Nine people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At the time of the crash, visibility was reported to be less than 100-feet due to heavy fog.

US 24 reopened at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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