Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Crash closes I-75 north

Three-car accident near deadly stretch of road

By Michael D. Clark and Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — A three-car accident Tuesday killed an unidentified man and injured four other people near a stretch of Interstate 75 in Butler County known in recent years for deadly crashes.

[photo] Emergency workers survey the wreckage that killed one person and injured four others on northbound I-75 Tuesday. The three-car accident occurred north of the Kyles Station overpass.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        Butler County sheriff's deputies said the male driver of a southbound Plymouth was killed around 5:30 p.m. after his vehicle crossed the median and struck two other northbound cars, an Audi and a Dodge Intrepid.

        Investigators said the Plymouth flipped, rested on its top and burst into flames. The driver was unable to get out of the vehicle.

        The accident shut down northbound Interstate 75 at Ohio 129 for about four hours. Police reports indicated the accident occurred about 100 yards north of the Kyles Station overpass of northbound I-75.

        Robert Hockman, 56, of Dayton was driving the Intrepid. He was flown by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he is in serious condition.

        The driver and two passengers in the Audi were taken to Middletown Regional Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. Their identities were not available.

        Emergency personnel responding to the scene shut down lanes in both directions to assist rescue workers and to allow the CareFlight helicopter to land.

        The crash occurred about two miles south of a notorious stretch of I-75 running from Ohio 63 north to Franklin, where 10 people were killed in accidents from November 2000 to June 2001.

        The location of Tuesday's crash — a wide grassy area with a slight ditch in the middle — is similar to that along the dangerous stretch of interstate.

        There were no fatalities on that part of I-75 during 1998, 1999 or the first 10 months of 2000.

        Police are investigating Tuesday's fatal crash.

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