5 hurt in head-on crash involving Lebanon medic unit

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

SKY7: Aerial footage of head-on collision involving medic in Warren County

UPDATE @ 1:39 p.m.:

A preliminary crash investigation reveals a pickup truck struck a vehicle that had been stopped for an ambulance.

The Ford F-250 truck — driven by Jesse Jones, 21, of Lebanon — was traveling east on Ohio 122 and was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the Infiniti G37 stopped for the approaching ambulance. 

The Infiniti was operated by Branden Baker, 17, of Franklin, police said. Baker was not injured.

Jones’ red truck swerved left of center, side swiped the silver Infiniti and struck head-on the city of Lebanon ambulance — which had on lights and sirens, according to a release.

Jones was injured and taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, where he was listed in stable condition.

Inside the ambulance were four people, including the driver and medic. They were all injured and taken to Atrium as well, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post. 

Those injured in the ambulance included front passenger Dale Bottorff, 63, of Lebanon, and his wife, Marjorie Bottorff, 52, whom was the original patient being transported for a medical emergency, according to the release. 

Marjorie Bottorff was listed in serious condition this afternoon at Miami Valley Hospital.

Lebanon Fire Chief Steven Johnson said one medic was treated and released from Atrium, and a second medic suffered a head laceration and was expected to be released Saturday.

The crash, which totaled the ambulance, remains under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:55 p.m.:

A pickup truck passing a vehicle that was yielding for an oncoming medic unit struck that same medic unit head-on, injuring five people, according to state troopers.

The crash was reported on Ohio 122 near the Ohio 123 intersection around 8 a.m.

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Troopers said the five people who were injured suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening. Four people who were injured were in the Lebanon medic, including the driver, EMT in the back of the unit, the patient and the patient’s family member, according to the patrol. The fifth victim was the driver from the pickup truck, troopers said.

Investigators said the Lebanon medic unit was transporting a patient with emergency lights on to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown at the time of the collision.

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“When you’re in the back of an ambulance the EMTs, they’re not seatbelted in, they’re working on the patient,” said Lt. Chuck O’Bryon with the OSHP Lebanon post.

Troopers did not release information on what vehicles the injured people were in.

Investigators are still determine what citations may be issued.

State troopers say the Lebanon Fire ambulance was taking a patient to Atrium Medical Center with lights and sirens on. A pickup truck coming the other way on State Route 122 went around a car yielding for the ambulance and hit the ambulance head-on. The pickup driver, the car’s driver, two Lebanon medics and the patient on board were all hurt.

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m. 

Three vehicles, including a medic unit from Lebanon were involved in a crash that has shut down Ohio 122 at Ohio 123 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County. 

Initial reports indicated there were multiple injuries involved, but investigators have not provided any details at the scene. 

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

A medic unit has reportedly been involved in a head-on crash on Ohio 122 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, near Ohio 123 Friday morning. 

The medic unit reported the crash around 7:50 a.m. on Ohio 122, between Ohio 741 and Ohio 123. 

Initial reports indicate multiple injuries in both the medic unit and in the other vehicle involved. 

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LISTEN: Scanner traffic released in head-on collision involving ambulance in Warren County.

The medic unit is on its side as a result of the crash, according to initial reports. A patient was being transported in the back of the medic unit when the crash occurred, according to emergency scanner traffic. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:34 PM

Multiple chances for rain this week are leading to some flooding concerns in the Dayton area.

Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight as rain approaches toward daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • More rain mid-week
  • Flooding possible the next few days

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

FRIDAY: The chance for rain returns again Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Forum: Solutions to Ohio opioid crisis should be ‘self-sustaining, repeatable’

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

Opioid forum in Wilmington

Dozens of people who are personally impacted by the opioid crisis gathered Sunday in Wilmington to discuss the issue in a unique forum hosted by Your Voice Ohio

The conversation inside the municipal building on North South Street involved medical professionals, first-responders, parents who have lost children to opioid addiction and recovering addicts, among others. 

The next forum in the series is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Layfayette Room, 133 S. Fayette Street South, in Washington Court House. 

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Your Voice Ohio is a collaborative of more than 30 news organizations in the state "trying to figure out how we better represent the people of Ohio and get their issues in front of the public policymakers," said YVO Director and Editor Doug Oplinger

Oplinger said he is impressed with the Wilmington community, where "there's a sense of ownership" among people who want to find a solution to the opioid crisis. 

"We want people first of all to see shared values, shared solutions that they can act on," Oplinger said. "But we also want to help journalists come in contact with their people better and be better representatives of those folks so that there is a bond that develops between journalists and citizens. That they see themselves together as solving problems, as joined in democracy. Sounds a little lofty, but this is what democracy is about." 

Robert Eustace, of Beavercreek, who works for a company near Wilmington, said he's been personally touched by the opioid crisis. A family member suffered from addiction and most recently a 20-year-old neighbor died of drug-related causes. 

He said he's an advocate of "asset based community development," an integrated approach that brings together volunteers, professionals and those who need help. 

"There's something healthy about work," Eustace said. 

"You've got all these buildings that need to be torn down. You've got all these people just sitting around … put them into work programs … This is how we can turn this into not only a thing to help them but it becomes self-funding, it builds the community. Like Joseph said, that which a few meant for evil has turned out for good." 

Creating programs that are self-sustaining is important, but it's also important to design programs that are "repeatable," said Micah Steele, who is on the front lines fighting the opioid epidemic by working to provide housing and programs for at-risk adults at Nest Recovery Homes in Wilmington

"If we can design a program that's repeatable so that maybe someone from another city … we can go here you go. Here's the steps to take. Here's the curriculum. Here's the process. Solve the problem in your community," Steele said. 

Shane Jones, of Wilmington, said he's a recovering alcoholic. He said he attended the forum because he wants to help other people, an act which he sees as pivotal in staying clean and sober. 

Jones said Wilmington has seen better days. 

"There's more homeless people here now than when I was growing up. Everywhere you look there's someone riding a bike with a backpack," Jones said. "Wilmington really needs help." 

Jones said he hopes the people who attended the forum Sunday now have a better understanding of addiction. 

"There's not a relapse left in me," he said. "If people want to get help, they really need to do it before it's too late. The bottom line is if you don't want to get clean and sober, you're not going to do it until you're ready."

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Injury crash reported I-75 northbound in Dayton

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Crews have responded to an injury crash on Interstate 75 northbound near West Second Street.

The far left lane was shut down around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic has slowed in the remaining lanes.

We are on the scene working to learn more.

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OVI crash overnight knocks over AT&T pole, closes part of road

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

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Old Springfield Road at Stillwater River is closed due to an OVI accident overnight. 

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The road between State Route 48 and Kley is closed after a vehicle hit an AT&T utility pole Sunday around 2 a.m., according to Butler Township Police.

According to police, AT&T is now at the scene. 

It’s not known if there were any injuries. 

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