CINCINNATI — A crash involving two semi trucks on northbound Interstate 75 killed two people and shut down the highway in both directions Friday afternoon.
Serious Crash involving two semis on NB-75 Traffic is shut down in BOTH Directions at 3.8 pic.twitter.com/y1GO4jUDH7— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) June 4, 2021
A semi-truck traveling southbound on I-75 crashed through the barrier near Hopple Street into the northbound lanes and struck another semi head-on, police said.
The cab of the semi-truck traveling southbound then caught fire, trapping the vehicle's two occupants. The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Momin Shoukri, and his passenger, 37-year-old Rose Portillo, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the northbound semi was treated by emergency crews at the scene and "did not receive any significant injuries."
Excessive speed appears to be a factor in the crash, but impairment as a factor is yet to be determined, police said.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (513) 352-2514.
After a search through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records, the northbound truck's USDOT number comes back to All Wheels Trucking, LLC out of Cincinnati.
We continue to operate on NB 75 near Hopple. The fire is out and our hazardous materials FF’s are dealing with leaking fuel. There is no hazard outside of the immediate area. Expect delays. pic.twitter.com/4VJfb1rWw1— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) June 4, 2021
Portions of the interstate were closed until repairs could be made to the concrete divider which separates the northbound and southbound lanes.