Family member returning from football game crashes into Ohio River, dies

Multiple jurisdictions responded to the scene.
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 4:11 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A woman is dead after crashing into the Ohio River in Clermont County Sunday afternoon.

It happened on Palestine Road off US-52 in Pierce Township. Clermont County dispatchers confirm they got the call around 2:50 p.m.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident as a crash.

Authorities say a Kentucky family was driving back from a football game, with some of the family members in one car following a Christine Durham, of Petersburg, in another car ahead of them.

The cars were approaching US-52 and were supposed to turn onto that road, but Durham in front did not turn, instead crossing US-52 down 10 Mile Road toward Palestine Road. Durham then “went airborne into the Ohio River” as her loved ones watched from behind, according to OSP Sgt. Joshua Patrick.

“I would imagine they are going through a very hard time, as anyone would,” Patrick said of the victim’s family. “I would say, keep that family in your thoughts and prayers.”

A dive team was on-scene, and a multi-jurisdictional search of the river lasted hours.

Authorities said around 5:20 p.m. that the car had been located. OSP named Durham and confirmed her death near 11 p.m.

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