MIDDLEBOURNE — A tractor-trailer driver from Virginia was killed Wednesday night when the truck he was driving on Interstate 70 crashed and caught fire with the driver still inside.

Mengisteab T. Kifle, 32, of Harrisonburg, was pronounced dead at the scene near mile post 195 in eastern Guernsey County.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to be a factor in the accident at approximately 8:29 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Kifle was the lone occupant of the truck.

According to the highway patrol, the tractor-trailer driven by Kifle was westbound on I-70 when it went off the right side of the highway and overturned before striking a sign and embankment. Once the truck came to a final rest, it caught fire with Kifle still inside.

Guernsey County Coroner Dr. Sandra Schubert assisted at the scene along with United Ambulance Service and volunteer firefighters and medical personnel from the Antrim, Fairview, Old Washington and Quaker City fire departments.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control on I-70.

Crews remained at the scene until after 6 a.m. Thursday removing the heavily-damaged truck from the interstate.

The truck was reportedly hauling food for a national restaurant chain. No other information was available as of press time.

The accident remained under investigation by the patrol’s Cambridge post.