State transportation officials say a tanker crash that shut down a busy ramp on the city's Northwest side this week is among more than three dozen crashes on that ramp since it opened in late 2016. It’s also the ramp’s second tanker rollover.
Of the nearly 40 vehicles that drove off and crashed on the ramp from U.S. 33 east to 270 east, 87 percent came when drivers lost control. Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Breanna Badanes says that speed was likely a factor in these accidents.
“You’re headed from 33, which the speed limit is between 65 and 70 miles per hour, onto the interstate, where the speed limit is 65 miles, but you really have to slow down in between," Badanes said. "You can’t go interstate speeds on a ramp.”
Badanes says crashes are still relatively rare, given the 20,000 vehicles that use the ramp every day.
Over half of the crashes occurred when the ramp was wet.