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Liberty Township firefighter, semi driver injured in crash on northbound Interstate 75

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Posted at 5:58 AM, Jul 09, 2019

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A firefighter and a semi driver were hurt after the semi driver fell asleep and drove into a firetruck on northbound Interstate 75, according to Ryan Gilkison with Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A firefighter in a Liberty Township Fire Department truck was assisting with traffic control at a previous crash on the interstate north of SR-129 when a semi driver failed to change lanes and hit the firetruck at 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, Gilkison said.

First responders transported the firefighter and the semi driver to West Chester Medical Center with minor injuries.

Gilkison said investigation revealed the semi driver had fallen asleep while driving. Authorities cited the driver for Assured Clear Distance Ahead (ACDA) and for driving a commercial vehicle with impaired alertness.

Crews reopened the interstate at 2:15 a.m.

The firetruck had its emergency lights activated at the time of the crash.