One person was killed Thursday on the Ohio Turnpike in Fulton County as the result of a three-vehicle accident that caused a tanker truck hauling liquid hydrogen to catch fire.
According to the Swanton post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the fatal crash occurred at approximately 8:51 p.m. on the turnpike near mile post 32, in traffic backed up from an earlier injury accident involving three commercial vehicles.
The victim of the fatal accident has not been identified, and the crash remains under investigation.
The commercial vehicle that caught fire was a tanker truck hauling 3,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen. The Wauseon and Archbold fire departments arrived at the scene, and traffic was diverted at State Route 108 and State Route 66.
The Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency were notified about the fire.
An OSHP spokesperson said Thursday morning to her knowledge the tanker truck is still burning, and it is necessary to let the fire burn out.
The Ohio Turnpike remains closed as of noon on Friday. The Fulton County Sheriff’s office is asking that local traffic please avoid Airport Highway in the Wauseon area as traffic is backed up. They have been told this may last all day and possibly into tomorrow.
No other information was available.