Truck Crashes Into Ohio Bridge; 1 Dead, Homes Evacuated

A cargo container truck crashed into an overpass Tuesday, killing the driver and rupturing a gas line that forced six homes to be evacuated.

The bottom portion of the bridge was badly damaged, and it was closed pending an inspection by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The flatbed truck, which had its boom raised, hit the underside of the bridge and gashed a natural gas line, said Fire Chief Rich Brannon of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Several other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The crash scene "looks like pickup sticks," Brannon said.

Holes and bent beams in the bridge created potentially unsafe conditions because there are gas lines in it, the transportation department said. The gas was shut off and people were permitted to return to their homes.

The crash happened at 4:39 a.m. on state Route 11 in Trumbull County, about 50 miles southeast of Cleveland.