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Traffic Alert: Truck accident closes Independence highway ramp

10:07 PM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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INDEPENDENCE -- An accident has intermittently closed a highway ramp throughout the day after a semi truck rolled over into a creek Sunday morning just before 6 a.m.

Police say the accident happened when a semi truck somehow rolled over while on the ramp from I-77 northbound to I-480 westbound. It ended up in West Creek, just north of the ramp.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the accident.

To clear the scene, police have had to close the I-77 southbound ramp to I-480 westbound in order to remove the truck from the creek. 

Police say the closings may continue throughout the night. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

The truck was carrying plastic materials. The fuel tank has been emptied in order to prevent any sort of spill into the lake. 

ODOT is assisting police at the scene.


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