Two Canadian men who died after a semi truck went off Interstate 75 North and down an embankment in Dayton Thursday morning have been identified.
Rickey Loyer, 59, and Jason Loyer, 34, both of Ontario, Canada, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.
The crash was reported around 4:05 a.m. after the semi went off the highway near the Stanley Avenue entrance ramp to I-75 North. The crash closed the northbound lanes and the entrance ramp for about nine hours.
The semi was coming from Gordon, Georgia, and heading to Madoc, Ontario, according to Dayton police.
Ohio Department of Transportation traffic camera footage obtained through a public records request showed a semi go off the right side of the highway and skid along the guardrail, leaving a trail of sparks, before going down the embankment.
Dayton police East District Commander Lt. David Matthews said Thursday the semi hit the guardrail prior to the bridge over Stanley Avenue. It skid on the railing along the bridge before making impact on the other side.
The semi came to rest on its side and had to be put back on its wheels before it could be towed. It was hauling a powder used to make concrete so the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency responded due to the potential contamination of groundwater, Matthews said.
The semi also hit a highway exit sign.
The crash remains under investigation.