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OSP: Seizure led to truck crash along I-70 West in Preble County

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:59 PM

Truck crash on I-70W in Preble County

UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m.: The truck driver suffered a seizure, which caused him to crash the box truck into a bridge crossbeam to the state Route 127 overpass at I-70 West in Preble County, a state patrol sergeant said. 

The driver is Richard Aurs, 46, of Indianapolis, according to the state patrol.

The accident was cleared and all lanes on I-70 West were reopened about 7:45 p.m.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: 

The driver of a box truck that crashed along I-70 west apparently suffered from a medical condition, a state patrol sergeant said. 

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The driver of the truck, which was carrying a liquid material used in foam insulation for residential structures, tried to take the ramp off I-70 west to state Route 127 when he lost control of the vehicle, Sgt. Frank Simmons Jr. said. 

The truck continued through the grass about 500 feet, hit an embankment and overturned after smacking the crossbeam of the state Route 127 overpass, Simmons said. 

"It looks like it was just a medical condition," the sergeant said, noting that paramedics were able to revive the man and get him to a hospital via medical helicopter. Simmons said the medic crew has learned the man has a history of heart problems. 

His injuries do not appear to be life threatening. 

A state EPA crew has been called in because two of the eight barrels of liquid insulation are leaking, Simmons said. The liquid is flammable, he said. 

ODOT has an investigator on scene, inspecting damage to the crossbeam, which Simmons said does not appear to be significant.

Medical condition blamed in truck crash on I-70W in Preble County

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

A box truck overturned after hitting a bridge abutment in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at U.S. 127 in Preble County.

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The crash was reported after 3:30 p.m.

The driver was flown to Kettering Medical Center, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

The driver’s name, age and condition were not available.


A serious crash late this afternoon has the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 closed at U.S. 127 in Preble County.

A medical helicopter has been called to the scene, but it’s not clear how many other people are injured.

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6-year-old boy falls into creek; recovery effort to continue Monday

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:02 PM

Water rescue underway involving boy

UPDATE @9:04 p.m.

Deputies said search efforts for a 6-year-old boy who fell into Mosquito Creek have been to no avail and is now considered a recovery.

Rescue crews will reconvene on scene in the morning to continue looking for the boy, who has not been identified.

Shelby County Sheriff Sgt. Aaron Steinke said the search entailed boats in the water and a helicopter using infrared to search for body heat. He said due to the rough terrain and the strong current, search crews are being called off for the night.

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Deputies will remain on scene through the night, and the road will remain closed. Other crews will return in the morning to continue the recovery effort.

The area was not under a flood warning from recent rains, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

A 6-year-old boy fell into the Great Miami River this evening while he was playing with a friend along the riverbank, Shelby County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Steinke said.

Crews were called around 5:45 p.m. to the river behind the Pasco trailer park in the 5000 block of state Route 29. Rescuers have boats in the water, and have every bridge covered south from Sidney to the Miami County line, the sergeant said.

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Joining search efforts will be a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has night-vision equipment to help search from above.

The recent rains and swollen river poses a challenge to rescue personnel, Steinke said.

UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.

Additional rescue crews from area departments have been called to join the search along the banks for a young boy who may have been swept up in the swollen Great Miami River.

According to scanner traffic, the 6-year-old boy was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.


Rescuers were called this evening to a mobile home park for a possible water rescue in the Great Miami River involving a child in the village of Pasco east of Sidney.

According to initial reports, a 6-year-old boy was wading but had not been seen in awhile. It is not confirmed that the boy has come to any harm.

The trailer park was in the 5800 block of Ohio 29, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

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Car crashes into pole on Salem Avenue; injuries reported

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:54 PM

At least one person was injured when a car crashed into a pole in Dayton Sunday evening.

The crash happened at Salem Avenue and Park Hill. As of 9:35 p.m., one person was still trapped in the car, officials said.

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A second person may be in the vehicle.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Man freed from Greenville creek with garden hose

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:20 PM


A quick-thinking resident helped to rescue a man this afternoon who was hanging onto a tree, trapped in the high waters of the Greenville Creek.

The Greenville resident heard the man yelling for help around 1:30 p.m. and tossed out a garden hose near the East Fourth Street bridge, our media partner BlueBag Media reported.

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The man, described as in his early to middle 20s, caught the hose and used it to free himself from the high water. His name was not released. He was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

It was not clear how long he had been in the water, nor why he was in the creek.

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Flooding and high waters affect roads across area

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

Flooding overnight is still affecting the area with road closures due to high water.

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  • Central Avenue is closed at the city limits of West Carrollton and Miamisburg
  • Part of Treibein Road in Beavercreek is closed
  • State Route 725 is closed between Penewit and Lower Bellbrook roads in Spring Valley
  • Lower Springboro Road is closed from Pioneer Boulevard in Springboro to Fourth Street in Franklin
  • Franklin-Trenton Road is closed from Martz-Paulin Road to the city of Franklin
  • The 200 block of Corwin Avenue is closed in Wayne Twp.
  • The 5000 block of Middletown Road at the covered bridge is closed in Wayne Twp.

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