Icy spots lead to a slew of crashes

By Richard Todd - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Slippery conditions caused by scattered snow showers or refreezing caused several crashes early Thursday around the Tri-State.

Three crashes happened within half a mile of Grand Avenue in Newport and Fort Thomas.   All involved either the right shoulder, the right lane, or a right hand exit ramp and all were reported to be in conditions of ice and snow on the road.  All three of the Campbell County crashes were reported within an hour or so of each other starting at 1:30 a.m.

On the northeast side of Hamilton County, three crashes happened back to back to back on I-71.  The first was reported just after 2 a.m. on southbound 71 south of between Fields Ertel Road and 275 in Sycamore Township.

Three minutes after that, a pickup truck flipped upside down on southbound 71 north of Pfeiffer in Montgomery. The driver wasn't hurt.

About five minutes later, three people were hurt in the next crash or series of crashes involving three tractor-trailers, a pickup truck and a car on Northbound 71 in Montgomery and Blue Ash.  The crash had the highway completely closed for about half an hour, and partially closed before and after that.

Wednesday night, a two-car crash on Augspurger Road in Butler County's Saint Clair Township killed both drivers and injured three others. 

The Sheriff's Office says 68-year-old Shirlena Hornsby of Trenton crossed the center line in to a car driven by 18-year-old Ronald Young, who was also from Trenton.  All of the injured passengers were in Young's car.

There were icy conditions on the road in that area as well, but as of early Thursday morning, the Butler County Sheriff's Office was still investigating the cause of the crash.

Early Thursday morning, a pregnant woman was critically injured in a crash on I-74 in Ripley County. Police say Mario Caronel-Ruiz, 22, of Fort Mitchell, lost control of his Chevy Trailblazer on the icy road, causing his front-seat passenger, Guadalupe Carillo-Campa, 19, to be ejected from the vehicle. A back seat passenger was not injured.

Carillo-Campa was taken to Margaret-Mary Hospital in Batesville, and later to University Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition. She is reported to be 10-weeks pregnant and suffering from serious internal and head injuries. Caronel-Ruiz suffered minor facial injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

Several other crashes were reported around the Tri-State as the roads become more congested. Most of the crashes are occurring north and west of the Metro area. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling. Click here for the latest traffic conditions.

Some schools have closed or delayed because of the icy conditions. Get a list here.

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