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Fiery truck crash along turnpike near GM Lordstown

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - State troopers say distracted driving may have played a part in a fiery truck crash along the Ohio Turnpike Thursday afternoon.

According to Highway Patrol Lt. Joe Mannion, a tractor trailer struck a maintenance vehicle working along the east bound lane.

Then the truck crashed through a guardrail, and rolled over on an embankment along Reuther Drive, not far from the UAW Local 1112 union hall.

The truck, which was carrying auto parts, burst into flames, but the driver escaped from the cab.

Police on the scene say the driver told them that the accident occurred as he was placing a beverage next to him.

The accident shut down one eastbound lane of the turnpike for about four hours until troopers could complete their investigation.

Neither of the two maintenance workers were injured. Even though the truck driver was alert enough to talk to first responders on the scene, he was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital. There is no word on his condition. His name has not been released, but authorities say he is from Youngstown.

 Troopers are still investigating.

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