April 24, 2014

Medina
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Tanker with volatile load overturns on Greenwich Road

A Medina County sheriff’s deputy closes off Greenwich Road in the 5600 block Monday afternoon. A tanker carrying flammable material overturned earlier. (Photo by Maria Kacik, The Gazette.)

A Medina County sheriff’s deputy closes off Greenwich Road in the 5600 block Monday afternoon. A tanker carrying flammable material overturned earlier. (Photo by Maria Kacik, The Gazette.)

WESTFIELD TWP. — Three houses and one golf course on Greenwich Road were evacuated Monday afternoon after a truck carrying flammable material rolled over.

Brad Eberly, 28, of Warsaw, Ind., was driving a tractor-trailer west at 12:30 p.m. on Greenwich, when he came to a dead-end due to construction. Eberly tried to turn around in a private drive, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

“His trailer cut into the ditch and just basically rolled right over on its side,” Trooper Paul Terrion said.

There were no leaks from Eberly’s truck, which was carrying toluene — a flammable ingredient in nail polish remover. However, in order to get the truck off the ground, mobile tanks had to pump the chemical out before it could be set upright, Terrion said.

About 20 people from three area homes and Deerpass Golf Course, 5886 Greenwich Road, were evacuated while the tanker was emptied, he said.

Crews were still working on removing the truck from the scene into the early evening.

Eberly was charged with improper starting and backing, Terrion said.

Members of the Medina County Hazardous Materials Team, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol and the Canaan Township, Lafayette Township, Seville-Guilford and Westfield fire departments responded, he said.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.