July 26, 2014

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Semi crash, diesel spill lock up Turnpike

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A New York man was charged following the overnight crash of a tractor-trailer on the Ohio Turnpike that spilled 150 to 175 gallons of diesel from the vehicle’s damaged fuel tank.

Mirsafo H. Dialilov, 51, of Brooklyn, was charged with failure to control by troopers from the Milan post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The crash and spill shut down the eastbound lanes of the Turnpike at Milepost 148 for approximately two hours. No one was injured in the incident.

Dialilov was eastbound on the Turnpike in a 2011 white Volvo tractor-trailer when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the right side of the road, striking a guardrail about 10:47 p.m. Friday, according to the patrol.

As he attempted to regain control of the truck, Dialilov was able to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway, where it began to jackknife, and went off the left side of the Turnpike, hitting a median barrier.

When the truck came to a stop, it was blocking all three eastbound lanes. Traffic was backed up for more than 3 miles. The left and center lanes were reopened at approximately 12:31 a.m. Saturday. The right lane remained closed until 2:14 a.m. to allow cleanup of fuel and debris, according to the patrol.

The North Ridgeville Fire Department assisted in the cleanup effort, along with personnel from Chemtron, an Avon waste disposal firm, and a representative from the Ohio EPA.