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 Woman avoids pileup on I-75

Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 5:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 2:04 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 2 p.m. 3/24/15:

Julie Meyer, the mother of two boys, was in the middle of the pileup and managed to get through it unscathed.

She has two sons, ages 5 & 6, whom she held tightly when she got home. “I was so thankful, to pick them up,” she said. “I gave them hugs and I was so thankful that they weren’t in the car to witness that.” Right after the massive pileup, she tells us she called her husband. “I called him right away, and I just cried when I was telling him the story, because I couldn’t believe, how thankful I was, that I made it through.”

Meyer has made the commute on that stretch of I-75 for 14 years, back & forth to her job at Trupointe in Piqua. You’ll hear more from Meyer in our follow up today on News Center 7 beginning at 5 p.m.

UPDATE @11:30 a.m. 3/24/15:

Our reporters are learning more about a Monday evening pileup on Interstate 75 in Shelby County.

Hear from a witness to the pileup, and learn what you should do if you find yourself involved in a highway pileup.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m. 3/23/15: The snow showers that marched across the northern Miami Valley caused “whiteout conditions” on Interstate 75 North and led to the chain-reaction pileup involving 15 to 20 vehicles, said Sgt. Vee Witcher Jr., Ohio Highway Patrol post in Piqua.

Four people were injured in the accident that shut down the northbound lanes of the interstate between state Routes 119 and 274 for approximately two hours, he said. None of the injuries was believed to be life threatening.

All of the injured were taken to hospitals.

Witcher said the investigation is ongoing. Drivers and witnesses will have to be interviewed before the highway patrol can entertain the possibility of citing anyone. The sergeant noted that the pileup occurred when one vehicle slowed because of the snow.

At least four commercial vehicles, all believed to be semitrailers, were among the vehicles in the pileup, Witcher said.

All lanes of the interstate were reopened just before 8 p.m.

FIRST REPORT

Officials are responding to a pileup believed to involve 20 to 30 vehicles on Interstate 75 North at the 100 mile marker and just north of the Sidney exit, according to the Piqua Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Two minor injuries were also reported. The northbound lane is shutdown and traffic moving slow in the southbound lane, officials said.

NewsCenter 7 crews are on the way to the scene and will bring you the latest information on this developing story.