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Erlanger crews kept fire from deadly crash from spreading

ERLANGER, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- A fatal crash near the intersection of I-75 and I-275 in Erlanger sparked a dangerous chemical fire and shut down part of the highway for 10 hours.

Police say Doug Withrow, 50, of Fort Mitchell died at the scene when his motorcycle collided with a tractor trailer on a ramp from Donaldson Road to the expressway.

Quick response from firefighters kept a hazard from spreading.

Around 11:15 p.m. Thursday night, a truck and motorcycle collided on the northbound ramp off Donadlson. The trailer burst into flames.

Erlanger captain, Bill Allen, was in the first engine that arrived and saw the trailer fully engulfed in flames.

"Once we approached the trailer, the driver told us there were flammable solids and flammable liquids in the vehicle," he said.

The load included acetone, which is in nail polish remover, petroleum distillates, paint materials and rubber tires. There are no fire hydrants on the expressways, so Erlanger's engines dumped all the water they had on the flames and called airport police.

They arrived with a foam truck and put it out before it spread to the rest of the highway and nearby homes.

While the crews managed to contain the fire, the accident was still fatal. Doug Withrow died after colliding with the truck.

Withrow had two children in their 20s. His daughter says he was a great father who would do anything for his children.

Erlanger police have not released the details of the collision. The road was closed from 11:20 Thursday night until around 10 a.m. Friday.

A third vehicle collided with the truck after the accident. That driver was not injured, and no one has been cited for the wreck.

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