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Interstate 71 Closes After Tractor Trailer Accident

Interstate 71 is closed Wednesday morning due to a tractor trailer accident and fuel leak near the Franklin County and Pickaway County line.
Ohio Department of Transporation
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Interstate 71 is closed Wednesday morning due to a tractor trailer accident and fuel leak near the Franklin County and Pickaway County line.

Update 8:41 a.m.: Both sides of Interstate 71 have partially reopened.

Original story: Interstate 71 was closed in both directions near the Franklin County-Pickaway County line Wednesday morning becauase of a semi-truck accident and subsequent fuel leak near Orient.
The interstate was closed between U.S. Route 62 and State Route 56.

Traffic to the north was backed up nearly to Grove City by 7 a.m. Drivers heading south to Cincinnati were being advised to take Interstate 70 West to Dayton to I-675 to I-75 South.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.