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Vigil held for driver killed when steel coil falls off semi in Butler County

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 1:07 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The driver killed Wednesday when a steel coil fell from a semi and crashed into his car has been identified.

Blake Mulder, 33, of Seven Mile, Ohio, died in the crash, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Mulder was driving a Ford Edge as he followed a semi hauling the steel coil on Hamilton Eaton Road (U.S. 127) and Morganthaler Road in St. Clair Township, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said.

The steel coil became unsecured and fell off the semi bed into the southbound lane of Hamilton Eaton Road where it hit Mulder’s car around 6:30 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

Kelly Mulder is Blake’s ex-wife and the biological mother of two of his children, ages 4 and 11.

“I’m angry at the carelessness there was in making sure that load was secured because Blake just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. “And the fact that my children have to grow up without their father for the rest of their lives when they’re so young.”

Blake Mulder was a 2006 graduate of Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton, according to the school’s director of admissions & media relations.

“We’re very saddened by the passing of Blake Mulder. He was a friendly student with a smile that welcomed the world. We always hate to lose one of our graduates, particularly in such a tragic way. Our prayers go out to Blake’s family and friends,” wrote Dirk Allen in a statement on behalf of Badin.

The school held a prayer vigil for Mulder Friday night at 9 p.m. on the hill behind Badin High School.

The semi is owned by Cincinnati-based Total Package Express Inc.

The steel coil fell off the semi bed and into the southbound lane of Hamilton Eaton Road, where...
The steel coil fell off the semi bed and into the southbound lane of Hamilton Eaton Road, where it hit the Ford Edge, sheriff’s officials say.(WXIX)

The company provides interstate trucking services, according to their website. They have received a satisfactory rating, which is the highest from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Over the past two years, their company vehicles have been involved in 14 accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports. None of those 14 were fatal.

Kelly says she’s going to be following the investigation of the crash.

“He’s been through more in his life than I’ve ever seen anybody go through, and he’s the hardest person I’ve ever seen as far as resilience, and it infuriates me that this was just a careless mistake,” she said.

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