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Tanker-truck driver dead after crash on East Broad Street on Far East Side

The Columbus Dispatch
The driver of this tanker truck was killed just before noon Tuesday after he struck a Honda Civic and then crashed into this tree in front of the Eastpoint professional office building at 7334 E. Broad St. on Columbus' Far East Side. The area of the crash was closed for several hours while emergency responders assessed the potential biohazard from the contents of the tanker and the accident was investigated.

The driver of a tanker truck carrying a sanitation solution for portable restrooms died Tuesday after striking another vehicle and crashing head-on into a tree in front of an office building on East Broad Street on Columbus' Far East Side.

The crash occurred just before noon in the westbound lanes of the 7300 block of East Broad Street.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's office, which reported it is investigating the crash, the driver of the 2017 Peterbilt tanker changed lanes from the passing lane to the right-hand lane, striking a 2015 Honda Civic on the driver's side and knocking it off the north side of the road onto the top of a grass hill in front of the Eastpoint professional building at 7334 E. Broad St. across from Wickfield Road.

The tanker continued west for a short distance, also traveling up over the curb and through grass in front of the office building, before crashing head-on into a tree, the sheriff's office said.

The driver of the tanker truck was pronounced dead at the scene by medics at 12:01 p.m., the sheriff's office said. He was identified as 55-year-old Garlin Kinnebrew, of Westerville.

Two people in the Honda Civic were taken to nearby Mount Carmel East Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Columbus police and fire also responded to the crash scene. Had the truck not crashed into the tree, it might have continued off the north side of the road into utility poles or a playground area for the La Petite Academy preschool and day care center next door.

Because of the contents of the leaking tanker truck, there was an initial concern about a potential hazmat situation. Emergency responders in hazmat suits assessed the situation before the investigation and removal of the vehicles proceeded.

East Broad Street was closed in the area of the crash for several hours between Waggoner Road and Reynoldsburg New Albany Road, causing substantial traffic delays.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Crash Investigation Unit at 614-525-6113.