Sunday, February 04, 2001

Collision ties up I-71, but injuries to 2 slight

By Tim Bonfield
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A couple headed to Florida from Cleveland for a month's vacation escaped serious injury Saturday night when the travel-trailer they were towing flipped over several times after a collision on Interstate 71.

        “We're real lucky more people weren't hurt,” said Capt. Rodney Wilson of the Deer Park/Silverton Fire Department, which responded to the call.

        The trailer was being towed southbound in the center lane, its driver said, when a white Chevrolet Camaro attempting to pass collided with the vehicle about 8:30 p.m.

        The 20-foot trailer came loose from the van and flipped several times, strewing debris across the southbound lanes of I-71 north of the Red Bank Road on-ramp. The trailer was shattered.

        Southbound I-71 was expected to be closed for at least two hours, beginning about 8:30 p.m.

        Among those trapped in the backup were James Swantko, 14, of Montgomery, and Dan Cox, 16, of Symmes Township. They were on their way downtown for a concert. But instead of jamming to the music, they sat in a traffic jam for more than an hour.

        “We tried to call (Dan's) dad,” James said. “He said he wouldn't pick us up. (We had) to get some other way (to the concert.)”

        Two people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Silverton police investigating the crash declined comment.

       Enquirer reporter Patrick Stack contributed to this article.


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