SUV Collides With Semi Carrying Jet Fuel in Ohio

FAIRBORN, Ohio --

An SUV slammed into a semi truck carrying aviation fuel on its way to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. Friday on Route 444 near Gate 16A.

The driver of the SUV, identified as Daniel Hamilton, was injured and rushed to Miami Valley Hospital. Hamilton is a civilian employee at Wright Patterson.

State troopers said it appeared that the man was not paying attention behind the wheel and slammed into the back of the semi. The front of his government vehicle crumpled on impact and trapped him underneath the dashboard.

Firefighters said they had to use the Jaws of Life to free him from the wreckage.

The driver of the semi was not injured. Fire officials said the big rig's bumper did it's job and protected the truck from some of the impact.

The semi was hauling 8,000 pounds of jet fuel and if the truck had taken a direct hit, an already bad accident could have gotten a lot worse.

Assistant Fire Chief Jacob King said, "This could have been a very significant incident."

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