SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Alcohol is a factor in a crash that shut down westbound Interstate 275 near Loveland-Madeira Road for several hours Sunday night, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
Kaila Kolianos, 23, of Liberty Township, was driving a 2007 Hyundai Tucson westbound in the right lane when she experienced unknown mechanical problems, sheriff's officials said in a prepared statement.
Kolianos was unable to drive her vehicle onto the right shoulder and became disabled in the right lane, they said. She got out and stood in front of her SUV. Her 5-year-old daughter remained inside, strapped into a rear passenger child seat.
The driver of a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta in the left lane changed to the right lane, where she was unable to avoid striking Kolianos' vehicle.
The force of the impact caused Kolianos' SUV to hit her, throwing her onto the right shoulder and forcing her SUV across all lanes of I-275, sheriff's officials said.
The Volkswagen ran off the right side of the road.
Kolianos and her daughter were taken to Bethesda North Hospital. Kolianos' initially was in critical condition, but that was downgraded to serious condition, sheriff's officials said.
Her daughter was treated and released to relatives.
The driver of the Volkswagen, identified by the sheriff's office as Holly M. England, 40, of Fairfield, also was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released.
Alcohol contributed to the crash, sheriff's officials said. Speed and drugs do not appear to be involved.
England wore her seat belt.
The highway was shut down until 11:30 p.m. while authorities investigated.