A 30-year-old man died this morning after colliding with a dump truck on U.S. 42, according to the Delaware post of the State Highway Patrol.
Lt. Kevin Knapp of the Delaware post said that both vehicles drove left of center, but did not know who swerved out of the lane first. The two crashed Monday at 10:15 a.m. on the bridge crossing the Scioto River, near the intersection at Klondike Road.
Capt. Doug Kindell of the Concord Township Fire Department said that the truck driver was a little shaken, but did not require medical attention.
Knapp said the investigation was still pending to determine which driver was at fault.
The State Highway Patrol did not release the identity of the man who died, pending notification of the family.
Traffic was blocked in both directions of U.S. 42 between London Road and Ohio 257. The lanes reopened about four hours after the crash, according to Ohio Department of Transportation.
The collision caused an estimated 15 to 20 gallons of motor oil to spill across the bridge and into the river, according to the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
Clean up crews managing to extract about half of the spilt oil in 45 minutes, according to EMA director Brian Galligher. The oil on the bridge and near the shoreline was collected, although about 10 gallons was lost in the current, Galligher said.
“Sometimes there is nothing you can do,” he said. “This was one of those cases.”
EMA technician Bob Lavender said that traces of oil were picked up by a Columbus water treatment plant. That water was effectively treated, he said.