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Youngstown trucker cited in fiery Ohio Turnpike crash

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - State troopers have charged the driver of a tractor trailer involved in Thursday afternoon's fiery truck crash along the Ohio Turnpike.

39-year-old Jose Miguel Rodriguez of Youngstown was cited for failing to drive within marked lanes.

According to Highway Patrol Lt. Joe Mannion, a tractor trailer being driven by Rodriguez struck a turnpike maintenance vehicle driving along the berm of the east bound lane.

The truck then 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 in the cab.

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

Rodriguez was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown with minor injuries.

Neither of the two maintenance workers were injured.

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