Dayton Traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:55 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 5:02 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound I-75 at I-70, there is a disabled vehicle that is partially  blocking the left lane as of 6:15 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents

  • At Salem and Westbrook in Clayton, a two-vehicle crash was reported around 8:30 a.m. The southbound lanes of Salem Avenue are shut down due to the crash.
Crews from Clayton and Trotwood are on the scene of a serious crash
  • On North Union Road in Franklin, rollover crash reported.
Minor injuries were reported in an early morning rollover crash
  • On Monument Street near the bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton, police and medics were dispatched to a report of a car over the embankment around 3:50 a.m. 
A driver goes over a ledge near Monument Ave in Dayton, OH.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street
  • I-675 between Wilmington Pike and Far Hills Avenue, rolling road blocks on April 23rd between 7:30 am and Noon. These closures will be brief, lasting about 15 minutes.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Chambersburg Road will be closed between Old Troy Pike and Stoney Creek Drive in Huber Heights on April 22 from 7 am to 5 pm for pavement repairs. Traffic will be detoured to either Taylorsville Road or Fishburg Road. 
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official ODOT detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures April 9th – 29th between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY 

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, bridge closure March 8th – May 23nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The official detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.

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Fatal crash: Schools close after deaths of 2 Clark County HS students

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:32 AM

Fatal crash: Schools close after deaths of 2 Clark County HS students

Two Clark County high school students were killed in a Sunday afternoon rollover crash in Greene County that led Greenon Local Schools and Global Impact STEM Academy to close.

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  • Crash kills David Waag, Connor Williams
  • Crash closes Greenon, Global Impact schools Monday
  • Driver, 18, and juvenile passenger injured

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UPDATE @3:30 a.m. 8/21/17

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released additional details in a Sunday evening double fatal crash.

A black 2005 Toyota Carolla, driven by Trey Blevins, 18, of Enon, went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs.  Blevins over-corrected, went off the left side of the road and struck two trees, according to a release from OSHP.

Blevins was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Soin Medical Center with minor injuries. 

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The right front passenger, Zach Knauer, 17, of Springfield, was also wearing a seat belt and was taken to Soin Medical Center for observation. 

David Waag, 17, of Beavercreek, and Connor Williams, 15, of Fairborn, were rear passengers. Waag and Williams were not wearing seat belts and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors, according to officials.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE 8/20/17 

Community members came together Sunday night at the Greenon High School football field to grieve the loss of the two boys. Some brought candles, others illuminated cellphones to light the night in honor of David Waag and Connor Williams.

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Waag, a senior at Greenon High School, and Williams, a student at Global Impact STEM Academy, were riding in the back seat of a car headed east just before 6 p.m. in the 500 block of Wilkerson Road in Bath Twp.

“It appears in our investigation that they drifted off the right side of the road, over-corrected, went off the left side, hit a tree and then overturned,” Sgt. Paul Lezotte of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The crash also injured the 18-year-old driver, a recent Greenon graduate, and another Greenon High student who was riding in the front seat. They were both taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek with injuries that were not life-threatening. Troopers said none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.

Global Impact STEM Academy also has decided to close Monday in the wake of the death of one of its students.

The school sent out a “One Call” phone message and posted on social media to alert families.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m.

Greenon High School confirmed that two of its students were killed this afternoon in a two-vehicle crash.

The district identified the students as David Waag and Connor Williams.

The school will now be closed, according to a social media post, but counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenon.

“After careful consideration of our need to support our students during this difficult time and protect all students during tomorrow’s solar eclipse, we are cancelling school so that we can ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all students and staff.”

A candlelight vigil is underway at the high school football stadium.

Waag, a senior soccer player, last year was second-team All-Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division as a junior. Williams, a sophomore, played football and attended Global Impact STEM Academy.

Greenon Athletic Director Adam Billet said he was not ready to comment, but said “they were great kids.”

A third Greenon student and a recent graduate also were injured in the crash.

The district had activities in place for the eclipse, but district spokeswoman said that with the deaths of two students in the tight-knit community it would be too much of a strain on the staff.

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m.

Two boys from an area high school were killed this afternoon in a single-car rollover crash in Greene County.

The boys were in the back seat of a car that was traveling east in the 500 block of Wilkerson Road when it veered to the right, then went off the road to the left and struck a tree. the vehicle landed on its side, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. None of the four male occupants were wearing seat belts but non were ejected in the crash, troopers said.

The driver, who is 18, went to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek. A juvenile front-seat passenger lived nearby and went home before he later went to Soin for treatment, the patrol said.

The names of those in the crash have not been released, and the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

Two passengers have died in an afternoon single-vehicle rollover crash in Bath Twp. near Fairborn, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver was taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek with injuries that were described as not life-threatening. Troopers are still looking for another passenger who fled the crash on foot. It is unknown whether that person is injured.

The crash site is not far from the Greene County border with Clark County.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m.

One person has died this afternoon in a rollover crash in Bath Twp. near Fairborn, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

CareFlight was canceled in the crash that injured up to three others.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called to a rollover crash with serious injuries this afternoon near Fairborn.

The crash was reported shortly before 4 p.m. in the 500 block of Wilkerson Road. A CareFlight medical helicopter was placed on standby.

According to initial reports, there were four occupants in the vehicle with three possibly trapped and another person who may have fled the crash on foot.

We are on the way and will update this report.

Oxford man charged with officer impersonation

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 1:06 PM
Updated: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 1:06 PM

Jacob Staton BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Jacob Staton BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

An Oxford man is behind bars for allegedly impersonating a police officer Friday and attempting to talk with  a driver about at traffic violation.

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Jacob Staton, 21, of Oxford-Millville Avenue., is charged with using weapons while intoxicated, three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and one count of impersonation of peace officer. He is housed in the Butler County Jail pending arraignment Monday in Butler County Area Court.

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On Friday, Oxford police received a call of a man who walked up to a driver while he was in his vehicle, identified himself as a police officer, and addressed perceived traffic violations.

The man called Oxford police when the I.D. presented by the “officer” was clearly illegitimate, according to Oxford police.

Officers found the suspect, identified as Staton, nearby. Three handguns, as well as a bulletproof vest, flashlights, firearm magazines in the his vehicle. Staton was also intoxicated, according to police.

Oxford police warned via Facebook, “If you ever have doubt about the legitimacy of a police officer, look to see if the police cruiser has markings, look at the officer’s badge, and ask for the officer’s identification—OPD officers carry their identification card on them. If you still are unsure, you may call 911 to verify you are being stopped legitimately.”

U.S. 35 E crash kills one in Dayton

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

A fatal crash has been reported on U.S. 35 east near I-75 this morning, according to police.The crash was reported just before 10 a.m.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.:

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Dayton on U.S. 35 that shut down the ramps to Interstate 75 for hours.

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The crash victim’s name, age and hometown would not be available until Monday, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The victim was riding in a sport-utility vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle near the ramps. The SUV overturned in the crash.

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UPDATE @ 3:18 p.m.:

Dispatchers said the ramps from U.S. 35 east to I-75 have reopened.

UPDATE @ 11:47 a.m.:
The ramps from U.S. 35 east to I-75 are expected to be closed for about another hour following a crash that killed one person, Dayton police Sgt. Chad Knedler said.

Police said two vehicles collided in the area of the ramps and one of the vehicles, an SUV, rolled. One person in that vehicle died and the other occupants left on their own, according to Knedler.

Officials said they are still working to determine how the two vehicles collided.

The occupants of the other vehicle were uninjured, Knedler said.

INITIAL REPORT:

A fatal crash has been reported on U.S. 35 east near Interstate 75 this morning, according to police.

The crash was reported just before 10 a.m.

Officers on the scene reported the ramps from U.S. 35 east to I-75 north and south will be closed for several hours.

Initial reports indicated an SUV was reported on its side.

We’re working to learn more.

Eclipse glasses all gone or too pricey online? Here are some options

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

Eclipse glasses all gone or too pricey online? Here are some options

Eclipse viewing glasses are in short supply but some are hoping to cash in on the high demand.

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Online sellers are charging a premium and hope to spark bidding wars on sites like Ebay.

Listings start at around $20 but one listing we found is asking $100,000 for four pair of the paper glasses.

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“I think it’s ridiculous,” said David Race of Butler Township, “they are hustlers, they are just trying to make a buck.”

Race is taking advantage of another option. He bought three pair of welding goggles to view the eclipse from Weiler Welding in Dayton.

“Here in the last couple of days this has really exploded for us,” said Weiler general manager Dave Radominski.

Weiler has sold out of the darkest number 14 welding goggles, but is expecting to get the number 12 model in soon.

“Twelve might be a little bright for some folks. So if you’ve got any type of an eye issue- if you’ve got Lasik surgery or if you’ve got cataracts- you might want to stay away from the 12’s, but I htink for most people the 12’s wil be just fine,” said Radominski.

Experts recommend you not look directly at the sun or eclipse without approved glasses or goggles because retinal damage or blindness may occur.

If you want to save money- you can make a do-it-yourself pinhole viewer.

Here’s a step by step video from Stormcenter 7 meteorologists McCall Vrydags and Kirstie Zontini: