A crappy situation: Commercial dump truck drops a load… of manure on U.S. Route 35Free Access

Pictured were the westbound lanes of U.S. Route 35 following the incident on Thursday, May 9. (Telegram Photo by Jeremiah Shaver)

A section of U.S. Route 35 between Dixon Run Road and State Route 327 was closed in both directions for nearly seven hours on Thursday, May 9, after a commercial dump truck lost its load causing a chain reaction to unfold.

Troopers with the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to multiple calls of a commercial dump truck that had lost a large amount of manure it was hauling from a facility onto the westbound lanes U.S. Route 35 in Bloomfield Township. Some of the manure ended up in the eastbound lanes as well. The calls began at 11:30 a.m.

Crews are pictured cleaning up the manure that was spilled onto the highway. (Telegram Photo by Jeremiah Shaver)

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the driver of the 2007 Peterbilt dump truck was 69-year-old Robert Mcintosh, of Mechanicsburg. He was uninjured during the incident. A 2023 Honda Accord that was traveling behind the dump truck sustained light damage when the debris came out. The driver of the Honda was 64-year-old Philip Oldfield, of New Castle, Virginia. He was also uninjured.

Once troopers arrived on scene, they immediately witnessed a commercial tractor trailer strike the manure and lose control causing its rearmost of double trailers to flip onto its side in the roadway. The trailer contained numerous barrels of hazardous chemicals requiring all lanes of the highway to be closed. The chemical was identified as a toxic poison requiring a hazardous material response. The driver of the commercial tractor-trailer was Scott Traver, 60, of Perrysburg. He was not hurt in the crash. None of the hazardous materials leaked from the barrels.

U.S. Route 35 remained closed in both directions while crews worked to clean up the scene. A temporary detour was established around the scene on Dixon Run Road. Traffic moved very slowly through the detour. Reportedly, there were traffic backups for miles on the detour as well as the highway in both directions. There were reports of people running out of gas and electric vehicles running out of power.

Agencies on scene during the incident included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Wellston Fire Department HAZMAT Response Team, Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency, Ohio Department of Transportation, Angles Wrecker and Commercial Vehicle Recovery Team.

The incident remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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