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Update: Closed section of Route 7 is back open

Route 7 reopened around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 10:31 AM EDT
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Route 7 reopened around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/12/20 6:10 p.m.

An official with the Ohio Department of Transportation says the closed northbound lane of State Route 7 near Marietta will reopen by around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

An oversized commercial vehicle wrecked around 7:30 Wednesday morning, losing it’s estimated 100,000 pound load over the embankment. ODOT officially closed Route 7 from Bramblewood Heights Road to the Virginia Street Exit at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The wrecked tractor-trailer load has been lifted off the embankment it had previously fallen onto and will remain at the scenic overlook nearby for the time being. You can read more about the wreck below.

UPDATE: 8/12/2020 4:50 P.M.

A portion of State Route 7 remains closed after an oversized commercial vehicle lost part of its load over the side of an embankment roughly half a mile south of Marietta. Authorities say the wreck happened about 7:30 Wednesday morning.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the crash, though Pine Tree Towing and Recovery is on scene to pull the trailer back onto the highway. A trooper at the scene says the tractor-trailer is designed to be steered from the rear, but has a safety pin in place to keep it from actually being steered from the back. It was traveling at a low speed through the northbound lane of Route 7 when it went off the road to the right and hit a guardrail. That caused the safety pin keeping the rear from steering to break.

“And then the load started to shift back and forth and wound up pulling the tractor and half the load off the right side of the road,” said Trooper Caleb Courson. “It went through the guardrail and wound up where it is now.”

Troopers say recovery will likely take all day Wednesday. Courson says the semi and its load together weigh around 150,000 pounds and the towing team can only safely move it a little bit at a time.

No one was hurt in the wreck and no other vehicles were involved.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has closed the northbound lane of Route 7 from Bramblewood Heights Road to the Virginia Street Exit. Officials don’t have an estimated time for reopening. ODOT workers are detouring traffic through Blue Knob Road.

ORIGINAL STORY: 8/12/20

The Ohio Department of Transportation says that a portion of the northbound lane of Route 7 will be closed to remove a semi-truck after an accident in a construction zone.

ODOT says that beginning at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday morning, the road will be closed from Bramblewood Heights Road to the Virginia Street exit while crews work to remove the truck from the scene. Traffic will be redirected to Blue Knob Road. Officials with ODOT do not have an estimate for how long this will take.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the semi-truck lost it’s over-sized load, partially spilling over the side of an embankment. They also said a crane is being called to the scene to help clear debris from the roadway.

There is no word yet on injuries.

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