Army contractor killed in cement truck crash weeks after return from Afghanistan

Army contractor killed in cement truck crash weeks after return from Afghanistan
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UNION TWP, OH (FOX19) -The motorist trapped in his vehicle in a crash with a cement truck has succumbed to his injuries.

Joe Cravens, 66, was pronounced dead at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

Fire crews had to extricate him from his car after a cement truck overturned onto it during a multi-vehicle collision at U.S. 50 and Round Bottom Road Tuesday night, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Batavia post.

Cravens just returned home Dec. 22 after spending the last 2.5 years supporting the U.S. Army in Afghanistan as a contractor, according to his family.

“He was looking forward to spending time with his wife of 34 years, Lyn, as well as his two daughters and three grandchildren,” his daughter, Jocelyn Watson, tells FOX19 NOW.

U.S. 50 was shut down for several hours while troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated.

Patrol officials said a vehicle turned left off U.S. 50 onto Round Bottom Road and was struck by the oncoming cement truck.

The massive truck overturned and landed on top of Craven’s, which was at the intersection waiting to turn left onto Round Bottom Road, they said.

The truck also struck a third vehicle and three motorcycles, according to the highway patrol.

Four other people were taken with minor injuries to Bethesda North Hospital, according to OSP.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Cravens celebration of life will be Monday, January 21, at 230 p.m, at the First Baptist Church of Glen Este, 1034 Old State Rte. 74, Batavia, OH, 45103.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Cravens name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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