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Married elderly couple killed in Warren County dump truck crash

Scene of Hamilton Township accident. (FOX19 NOW) Scene of Hamilton Township accident. (FOX19 NOW)
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

A married elderly couple died Tuesday when their car collided with a dump truck at a Warren County intersection.

An eastbound 2006 Mercury Grand Marquise ran a stop sign at U.S. 22 and Ohio 350 about 10:17 a.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon post.

A 1983 Peterbilt dump truck dump truck heading south on U.S. 22 hit the Mercury, killing Leonard Lawson, 76, and his passenger wife, Joyce Lawson, 73. 

The truck driver, 63-year-old Robert Beedle, suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released.

“It's a miracle. It's a miracle he walked away from it,” said Ronnie Powell, Beedle's son. "Before he could jam on the brakes, it was too late. Dad walked away from it. He's cut up, bruised up pretty good. He's sorry for what happened but it was unavoidable."

Relatives of Leonard and Joyce Lawson say the Trenton couple was traveling to Hillsboro to visit family members. Phil George and Eric Day saw the accident and stopped to help.

"I stuffed mud in the diesel tank while he watched for fire and I wanted to get them out but there was no way to get them out,” said George.

“We just was there too late. I don't think the people in the car felt anything. That's what I hope. That's my story. It will help me sleep a little better,” said Day.

The accident shut down a portion of both highways for nearly eight hours.

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