overturned in separate accidents Aug. 15 on Cincinnati's Fort
Washington Way near the Lytle Tunnel. Rumble strips, video cameras
and more warning signs have not slowed the incidence of overturned
trucks near the I-71 tunnel.
1 p.m. Thursday, a tractor-trailer hauling beer tipped onto its
left side on southbound Fort Washington Way, just south of the
tunnel. The truck was driven by Robert Wheeler of Metropolis,
IL. Reportedly, it flipped and slid 100 feet before coming to
rest against the highway's left barrier.
was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. He was cited
for failure to control his vehicle.
hours later, at roughly the same location, trucker Joseph White
of Clinton, TN, also flipped his rig onto its left side. In the
crash, a 40,000-pound roll of steel spilled into southbound lanes,
punching a hole in the I-71 overpass.
was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. He also was
cited for failure to control his vehicle in the crash.
trucks have been a constant problem at or near the tunnel since
the highway opened for full use in January 2001 following a two-year
major renovation. The two accidents last Thursday make a dozen
this year and 22 since the highway opened.
Police Department issued an alert earlier this year to commercial
vehicle drivers to drive below the posted 55-mph limit through
the tunnel because of the possibility for tipping on the steep
along the reconstructed stretch of highway have been a continuing
problem for truckers since it reopened last year.
have had trucks overturn in this area even though there are warning
signs recommending a safe speed of 40 mph and containing the picture
of a truck tipping," said Lt. Robert Hungler, commander of
the Cincinnati Police Department's traffic division. "Although
our major concern is with the southbound lanes, there is also
a problem in the northbound lanes."