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Posted: May 01, 2017

WATCH: Massive fire erupts on I-75 after deadly Ohio gas tanker crash

Ohio Department of Transportation


WATCH: Massive fire erupts on I-75 after deadly Ohio gas tanker crash
I-75 freeway fire in Dayton, Ohio (Ohio Department of Transportation)

By Tom Gnau, Katie Wedell and breaking news staff, Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio —

A car traveling the wrong way on southbound Interstate 75 crashed into a gasoline tanker truck in Dayton, Ohio, creating a massive, smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions Sunday evening.

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The blaze and freeway closure sent motorists searching for detours and triggered environmental concerns on reports of thick smoke entering part of the city’s sewer system.

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Almost immediately after the crash, the conflagration sent thick, black smoke high into the air, attracting immediate attention.

The driver of the car, a 30-year-old Beavercreek man, was confirmed killed in the crash, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

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Police and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office did not release the man’s name, nor the name of the truck driver who suffered minor injuries.

Northbound I-75 reopened Sunday night, but police said a portion of I-75 south could be closed for multiple days due to the damage to the highway. 

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