semi overturned in Cincinnati's Lytle Tunnel July 15, the third
time in two weeks a big rig has tumbled on the turn. The Cincinnati
Police Department has issued multiple alerts this year to truckers
to drive below the posted 55-mph limit through the tunnel because
of the possibility for tipping on the steep curve.
carrying a 45,000-pound steel roll, flipped at the entrance of
the tunnel in the northbound lanes of Fort Washington Way, shutting
down the freeway for about four hours Monday afternoon. Trucker
Chris Suteu of Canton, OH, was not seriously injured.
crash is the 10th crash in or near the tunnel this year and 20th
since the highway opened for full use in January 2001 following
a two-year major renovation.
the tunnel's propensity for toppling trucks, the Ohio Transportation
Department has erected flashing signs and rumble strips to warn
and slow drivers. Officials have even started thinking about such
systems as CB radio warning devices that would broadcast advisories
about the tunnel to trucks a half-mile to a mile away.
thinking is that they would slow down enough in time, so that
when they speed up (inside the tunnel), they are not in trouble,"
an ODOT spokesperson told news reporters. "Most of the accidents
are happening when drivers feel they have cleared the tunnel,
but in fact are just about to hit the hard part."
days had passed since a truck heading south turned over on July
10 and spilled about 20 rolls of chain-length fence onto the highway.
On July 4, a semi, also carrying chain-link fence, overturned
as it exited the tunnel.
On May 18,
a truck flipped just south of the tunnel, spilling 25 tons of
steel rods, and a beer truck overturned on May 29. No one has
been seriously hurt in any of the accidents.