Crash turns deadly after car goes airborne, plows across I-75 in Warren County
The crash closed I-75 in Monroe for hours early Thursday evening.
MONROE, Ohio (WXIX) - An Ohio man is dead after the car in which he was a passenger vaulted off an interchange ramp and crashed onto Interstate 75, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
It happened Thursday around 3:20 p.m. in Monroe at the I-75 interchange with OH-63.
Mary Jo Hernandez, 44, of Cleveland, Tennessee, was driving west on OH-63 in a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT with 75-year-old Melvin Norton, of Celina, as a passenger, OSP says.
Approaching the interchange, Hernandez drove off the right (north) side of the road into the triangle of grass between the two northbound on-ramps from OH-63 to I-75.
The Chevrolet went into a ditch and went airborne over the on-ramp from eastbound OH-63 traffic to northbound I-75.
The car vaulted the guard rail and plummeted onto the grass off the right side of I-75 North, then continued across all northbound interstate lanes, hit the concrete median, continued over the median and finally came to a rest in the southbound lanes.
CareFlight took Hernandez to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
EMS took Norton to UC West Chester Medical Center, where he died, OSP says.
OSP’s Hamilton Post is investigating.
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