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Two people killed in I-75 semi crash

Police describe “extensive damage” to the concrete divider wall.
Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 3:26 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 11:33 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Two people were killed when semis crashed head-on Friday afternoon on I-75, according to Cincinnati Fire Chief Michael Washington.

The crash involving two semis shut down I-75 in both directions, the Cincinnati Police Department tweeted at 3:20 p.m.

Southbound I-75 reopened around 10:50 p.m., per ODOT.

According to police, the crash occurred at 3:03 p.m. at the 3.8 mile marker near Hopple Street.

A southbound semi lost control and crashed through the concrete barrier, then traveled into northbound I-75. The semi proceeded to crash “nearly head-on” into a northbound semi, police say.

The southbound semi caught fire. The driver and a passenger were unable to escape and died at the scene, according to police.

The driver of the northbound semi was treated at the scene by the Cincinnati Fire Department.

Police describe “extensive damage” to the concrete divider wall.

All northbound lanes remained closed until just before midnight.

Firefighters worked to contain leaking fuel from the semis, but there were no hazards outside the immediate area, CFD said.

Video showing the aftermath of the crash was sent to FOX19 NOW from a passerby.

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