MIAMI TWP, OH (FOX19) - Five people were hurt, including one critically, in a seven-vehicle crash involving a cement truck and three motorcycles in western Clermont County Tuesday night, authorities said.
U.S. 50 was shut down for several hours while troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated.
The road reopened at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday.
Rescue crews responded to U.S. 50 and Round Bottom Road some seven hours before when they received a report of an auto accident involving multiple vehicles, according to the patrol’s Batavia post.
A vehicle turned left off U.S. 50 onto Round Bottom Road and was struck by the oncoming cement truck, patrol officials said.
The cement truck overturned and landed on top of a second vehicle in the turn lane at the intersection waiting to turn left onto Round Bottom Road, they said. The truck continued off the north side of the road and struck a third vehicle and three motorcycles.
Arriving rescue crews found a man trapped in the second vehicle and wreckage scattered all over the road, officials said at the scene.
Five people were taken to Bethesda North Hospital, according to OSP. One of them. the man in the second vehicle, was extricated by fire crews and critically hurt. The others have minor injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The sound from the crash carried to homes several blocks away.
“I live across the Little Miami. I was sitting on my front porch about an hour ago and I heard big crash and thumping and sliding,” said Ken Thomas.
He said he walked to the scene and saw the cement truck lodged into a military supply store along with three motorcycles thrown across the road.
“I’ve never seen one like this before,” he said.
Crashes occasionally occur in the area, which has unexpected curves in the road, Thomas said.
“I’ve lived over here 35 years and we’ve had lots of accidents here and this corner over here around bottom and Benning but I’ve never seen anything like this mess,” he said.