Saturday, February 23, 2002

Crash leaves one critical, closes I-74

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        A two-car crash on Interstate 74 between North Bend Road and Montana Avenue sent four people to University Hospital and snarled traffic much of Friday morning.

[photo] Cincinnati firefighters work to free the driver from a Jaguar (left) after a head-on crash on eastbound I-74.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Kevin R. Flynn, 41, of Mount Airy, was in critical condition. Joanne Schrimpf, 46, of Batesville, Ind., was in serious condition; her son, Robert Schrimpf, 17, also of Batesville, and her mother, Patricia Chaney, 73, of Delhi Township, were in fair condition.

        Mr. Flynn was driving a 1996 Jaguar west on I-74 about 8:20 a.m. when he lost control, crossed the median and struck an eastbound 1999 Mercury Sable driven by Mrs. Schrimpf, Cincinnati police said.

        The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

        Mr. Flynn was alone in the Jaguar, and the Schrimpfs and Mrs. Chaney were riding in the Sable. Mr. Flynn was airlifted from the crash and the other victims were transported by ambulance, hospital officials said.

        The accident closed eastbound I-74 for about four hours. The westbound lanes also were closed for about 45 minutes.

        But the full effect of the crash was felt at the top of the exit ramp to North Bend Road from east I-74, where drivers ended up after being routed off the interstate. A stream of cars lined the ramp all morning as motorists tried to figure out a way around the mess.

        While Beth Kessen of Harrison was initially frustrated by the delay, she was stunned when she later saw the wreckage from the accident.

        “My stomach did a flip-flop when I saw the car,” she said. “It was awful.”

       Cincinnati police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call 352-2514.

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