FRANKLIN, Ohio (FOX19) - One person was killed and four others were hurt in a crash that shut down Interstate 75 in Warren County during one of the busiest travel days of the year, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Three vehicles were involved in the accident that brought the highway to a standstill about 5:15 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio 123 exit in Franklin, patrol officials said in a news release early Monday.
A preliminary investigation determined a southbound 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck crossed through the grass median and traveled into the northbound lanes of the highway, the release states.
The pickup struck two vehicles: a northbound 2004 Honda Civic and a northbound 2020 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, patrol officials said.
The driver of the pickup, Tyler Haddix, 24, of Cincinnati, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
A juvenile passenger in his vehicle was hurt and taken to a hospital.
The semi driver, James Leclair, 69, of London, Ontario, was transported to Franklin Kettering Hospital with minor injuries, patrol officials said.
The driver of the Honda Civic, Jordan Davis, 30, of St. Mary’s, Ohio, and a passenger in his vehicle were transported to Atrium Hospital in Middletown with serious injuries, they said.
The highway shut down about 5:30 p.m. and reopened nearly four hours later, according to the patrol’s Lebanon post.
Traffic backed up for miles past the Ohio 122 exit in Middletown. Drivers were eventually diverted off the highway onto Ohio 123 in Franklin, patrol officials said.
Alcohol/drug impairment and failure to wear a seatbelt are being investigated as factors in the crash, according to the patrol.