Damaged batteries in truck fire not deemed health, environmental risk
Crews spent the majority of the day cleaning up hundreds of vehicle batteries that caught fire on a tractor trailer on the Ohio Turnpike in Lordstown early Tuesday morning around 1:30 A.M.
The skeleton of a tractor-trailer is all that's left after it burst into flames near the Ellsworth Bailey Road exit. As this could have been a potential health hazard to those exposed to the batteries, the Ohio EPA continues to monitor the incident with local first responders.
"Anytime you're dealing with hazardous materials, you want to make sure you take the proper precautions," said Jim Standohar, Marketing Director with ServPro.
"These batteries were engulfed in flames and obviously started to melt," Standohar said. "They basically molded together and it became a real mess to clean up."
Crews wrapped up the long cleanup process just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. ServPro reassures that there are no environmental or health risks when it comes to these damaged batteries.
"We are working with the local company GreenBoard on the proper disposal and proper recycling and re-purposing methods," Standohar said. "So that these batteries are dealt with in the proper way."
The Ohio EPA had a contractor on scene and they say the burned batteries and firefighting water did not impact local waterways, confirming there's no risk to people in the area.
"Once the fire had subsided and was under control, we were able to address the batteries and obviously how to get them off the freeway and get them onto our vehicles so we could properly dispose of them," Standohar added.
The EPA continues to work with local fire departments to ensure there is no safety risk involving these batteries.
No one was injured in the fire.