Victims ID'd after double fatal crash in West Chester

Two people died in a multi-vehicle, chain reaction crash on northbound Interstate 75 early Thursday. (FOX19 NOW)
Two people died in a multi-vehicle, chain reaction crash on northbound Interstate 75 early Thursday. (FOX19 NOW)

FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - Snow squalls combined with frigid temperatures turned Tri-State highways icy, leading to what may be an unprecedented number of wrecks closing most major highways on Thursday.

One of the wrecks turned tragic when two people died in a four-vehicle, chain reaction crash on northbound Interstate 75 near Union Centre Boulevard in West Chester Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Butler County Coroner's office identified the victims as Rodney J. Bartleson Jr, 34, of Cincinnati and 43-year-old Marvin Eugene Hunter of Cincinnati.

The highway was shut down for several hours before it fully reopened just before 10 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit.

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