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Distracted semi driver blamed for I-75 crash in Miami Co.


UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m.

State troopers said a distracted semi driver caused a crash that has partially blocked northbound Interstate 75 in Miami County for hours.

Investigators said one semi was stopped on the highway due to construction north of the exit to Ohio 41 in Troy. The second semi driver, who state troopers said was distracted, saw the stopped semi at the last moment and attempted to avoid contact.

The vehicles collided, causing contents of both semis to spill onto the highway.

No injuries were reported in the crash, and investigators believe the distracted driver was the only cause of the crash.

State troopers originally blocked both lanes of northbound Interstate 75 at Ohio 41, but traffic is still slowly getting by in the shoulder. All lanes were reopened around 1:30 a.m.

This was the second major crash along the same stretch of Interstate 75 Tuesday, where slow construction traffic was a partial contributing factor. 20-year-old Brandon Bark of Troy was killed when he crashed into the back of a semi that had slowed down on I-75 north of Ohio 41 due to the roadwork.

UPDATE @ 12:15 a.m.

Our crew on the scene reports traffic is now able to get by the crash on the shoulder, but both lanes of the highway remain blocked.

It’s unknown on when the highway might reopen and other details were also unavailable.

We’ll update this page when new information is available.

UPDATE @ 11:44 p.m.

All lanes of Northbound I-75 are closed at Ohio 41 due to a crash blocking the roadway, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Dispatchers said two semitrailers are involved in the crash and crews are on scene cleaning the roadway of spilled contents.

No injuries are reported in the crash, according to dispatchers, and there is no time frame for when the highway will reopen.

No hazardous contents were in either of the semitrailers, according to dispatchers.

INITIAL REPORT (Oct. 18)

A vehicle crash on I-75 North in Troy involving at least one and perhaps two semitrailers is blocking two lanes of traffic.

The crash, believed to be in an area of the interstate between state Route 41 (West Main Street) and North County Road 25A, was dispatched just after 10:30 p.m.

We’re hearing there is heavy damage to one of the trailers and it appears everyone is out of the vehicles involved.

We’ll update this developing report as we get information.

Traffic is being re-routed onto the shoulder of the roadway.

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