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Multi-vehicle crash slows traffic on I-71

A five-vehicle crash slowed traffic on southbound Interstate 71 around 4 p.m. Saturday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Chris Waldmann) A five-vehicle crash slowed traffic on southbound Interstate 71 around 4 p.m. Saturday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Chris Waldmann)
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Sheriff's Offices is investigating a five-vehicle crash, that included a truck pulling a boat, and slowed traffic on southbound Interstate 71 around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder being operated by 21-year-old Joshua Mathias, of Loveland, and a 2000 Toyota Sienna being operated 48-year-old Nicole Steckler, of Loveland, were traveling south on the entrance ramp from Fields Ertel Road to I-71. Both units collided, which caused both vehicles to travel across the lanes of I-71 in an easterly way. 

After the collision, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil reports that a Nissan Pathfinder struck a boat that which was being pulled behind a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, operated  by 49-year-old Brian Gabbard, of Lebanon, in the center through lane of I-71.  

According to authorities, after the Pathfinder struck the boat and trailer, the Pathfinder continued course and struck a 2013 Toyota Venza, being operated by 42-year-old Shannon Schmit, of Ft. Knox, Ky., that was traveling in the left lane.

The Toyota Sienna traveled across southbound lanes of I-71 and was struck by a 2014 Isuzu box truck, being driven by 38-year-old Lamore Askew, of Cincinnati, in the right lane of I-71, Sheriff Neil reports.

Officials say Steckler extricated by Loveland-Symmes Township Fire after being entrapped for about 20 minutes. Her and her passenger, and the occupants of the Toyota Venza were transported to Bethesda North Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Occupants of the Nissan Pathfinder and the Isuzu box truck were treated by officials on scene for minor injuries.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash.

The crash closed the ramp from Fields Ertel to SB I-71 and closed three lanes of traffic for almost an hour and a half. 

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