UPDATE: Virginia truck driver ID'd as I-70 crash victim

Published: Oct. 31, 2018 at 9:15 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 11/1/2018

A Virginia truck driver has been identified as the victim of a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Guernsey County Wednesday night, authorities said.

Mengisteab Kifle, 32, of Harrisonburg, Va., was driving a tractor trailer west on I-70 near Quaker City when it went off the right side of the road, overturned and caught fire.

The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. near milepost 195 and closed the highway in both directions for several hours.

Kifle was pronounced dead at the scene by the Guernsey County coroner.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Cambridge post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. However, troopers said it appears that drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

The Guernsey County sheriff's office, Old Washington Fire Department, Quaker City Fire Department, Antrim Fire Department, United EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation all assisted at the scene.

UPDATE 10/31/2018 11:41 P.M.

The OSHP says both eastbound lanes are now open. There are two eastbound lanes.

One westbound lane is open.

The right, westbound lane is expected to be closed for another four to five hours. It should open early Thursday morning.

There are four lanes total.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirms a person died in this crash.

They say a semi went off the right side of the road, rolled, and the trailer caught fire.

They say the victim is from out-of-state. They are working to notify family.

They say the highway should reopen soon, possibly around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, in both directions.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a crash on Interstate 70 at mile marker 194 has the highway shut down.

That's in Quaker City, Ohio. It closed a little after 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

Details for the Ohio State Highway Patrol are limited at this time.