Victims in fiery crash in Preble County ID’d


The victims from Thursday’s fiery crash in the area of the exit ramp from I-70 to U.S. 127 have been identified.

Troopers said Mohamud Aden, 27, of Illinois was driving a semi when he crashed into two other vehicles including another semi and a car. Aden was transported to Preble County Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Aden’s passenger was identified as Ali Somow, 28, of Columbus, and Somow was transported to the hospital aboard CareFlight and at last check was in critical condition, according to OSP.

The driver of the other semi involved in the crash was Jack Kline, 65, of Virginia. Kline was transported to Preble County Medical Center for treatment.

The female driver in the car, Heather Lake, 42, of Eaton, also was transported to Preble County Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Troopers said the investigation is ongoing and they plan to present possible charges against the at-fault driver, Aden, to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office.

UPDATE @ 3:05 p.m. (Sept. 22):

Sgt. Chris Colbert, of the Dayton post of Ohio Highway Patrol, said a semitrailer traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 took the exit ramp to U.S. 127 but failed to stop at the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp.

That semitrailer struck a second semitrailer that had been traveling west on U.S. 127. The second semitrailer involved was pushed into a vehicle that was in the next lane.

Colbert said the two vehicles that were not at fault were pushed off the roadway into the grass and caught fire.

The at-fault semitrailer continued down a grass embankment before coming to a rest. The injured person flown from the scene had been in the at-fault semitrailer’s sleeper cabin, Colbert said.

The driver of the semitrailer initially hit escaped the vehicle. As well, as a driver and passenger in the vehicle struck, according to Colbert.

The OSHP post is investigating why the original semitrailer never stopped at stop sign.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:

At least four injuries are reported in this multi-vehicle crash that involved two semi-trailers and one vehicle, emergency dispatchers said.

One person was flown from the scene, and three others were taken to Preble County Medical Center.

We continue to have a reporter on scene and will provide updates.

UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m.:

I-70 east has reopened near a multi-semi crash on the ramp from U.S. 127 to Interstate 70.

At least one person has been transported to a local hospital by a medical helicopter.

Two semis and a car are involved in the crash, which has resulted in at least one vehicle catching fire.

The extent of the injuries in the crash are not yet known.

UPDATE @ 12:34 p.m.

I-70 eastbound is being shut down temporarily while CareFlight responds to the scene, according to dispatchers.

INITIAL REPORT:

Multiple semis are reportedly involved in a crash in the area of Interstate 70 and U.S. 127 in Preble County.

There are reports at least one of the vehicles may be on fire, according to reports.

The crash was reported around 12:20 p.m.

It’s unclear if there are any injuries.

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