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Fuel tank detaches from semi, 300 gallons of fuel spilled on I-75 Staff




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WOOD COUNTY, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon on I-75 near the Wales Rd. exit in Rossford.

36-year-old Hugo Gutierrez, of London, Ontario, was driving a 1994 Peterbilt semi-truck southbound on I-75 when the driver’s side fuel tank became partially detached at approximately 3:08 p.m. Sunday.

The tank began dragging on the roadway and ruptured, causing diesel fuel to begin spilling onto the roadway causing several vehicles to lose control and crash.

Once Gutierrez’s vehicle came to a stop, a total of ten vehicles sustained damage.

Gutierrez’s vehicle lost an estimated 300 gallons of diesel fuel.

Several of the drivers involved in the crash sustained minor injuries, but no one was transported from the scene to a hospital.

I-75 remained closed for approximately three-and-a-half hours.

The crash remains under investigation, although Gutierrez was cited for operating an unsafe vehicle.

The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Rossford Police Department, Rossford Fire & EMS, Northwood Police Department, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

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