The Ohio State Highway Patrol says drivers traveling west on the Ohio Turnpike in Austintown may encounter delays as crews clean up a spill left when a tanker truck carrying 6,600 gallons of asphalt crashed early Wednesday.

A map of the spill is pictured below.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 21 News that the tanker truck ran into a car that had been abandoned along the side of the highway at around 5 a.m. just east of the Meander Reservoir.  The truck went over a guardrail and down an embankment.

The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries that the patrol described as "minor."

The patrol says the spill was contained, but drivers can expect the right westbound lane to be closed for much of the day as crews scoop up contaminated soil.

Austintown Firefighters and Hazmat were dispatched to private property near the Whispering Pines development just south of the turnpike.

Authorities have notified the Environmental Protection Agency about the spill.


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