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Crash spills fuel, shuts down Route 7

Published: Wed, May 29, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.

COLUMBIANA -- A three-vehicle crash closed part of state Route 7 for several hours and triggered a fuel spill.

The wreck occurred about 10 a.m. Tuesday near Metz Road in Fairfield Township.

A car driven by Jerome Hilliard, 26, of Washington, D.C., went left of center and struck an oncoming tanker truck being driven by Mark Huff, 28, of 12 1/2 N. Main St., Columbiana, the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lisbon post said.

The collision pushed Hilliard's car into a truck being driven south on state Route 7 by Brian Bell, 23, of 3861 Murray Ave., Campbell.

Hilliard and Huff were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where Huff was treated. Hilliard was admitted and was in satisfactory condition this morning.

Huff's vehicle, owned by C.K. Oil of Salem-Unity Road, Salem, was hauling 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel.

About 100 gallons of fuel spilled as a result of the crash.

Representatives of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency were called to the scene to oversee efforts to contain the spill, a patrol spokesman said. Route 7 was closed at the crash site until about 3:30 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation. No citations have been issued.


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