severe weather


Passer-by helps trucker escape fiery I-75 semi crash

Published: Monday, June 09, 2014 @ 2:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 12:30 AM


            Volunteer firefighter in 'right place at right time'
Volunteer firefighter in 'right place at right time'

A passer-by and volunteer firefighter are being credited with saving the life of a trucker who crashed and rolled his semitrailer on northbound I-75 Monday afternoon.

That crash led to the shutdown of the interstate — in both directions — for several hours.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Scott Howard drove his 2005 Freightliner off the left side of the interstate and struck the concrete median barrier at about 2:40 p.m., causing the cab and trailer to burst into flames and over turn into the southbound lanes.

The volunteer firefighter, 61-year-old Richard Wetzel from Sugarcreek Twp., stopped and helped the Dayton man escape the truck cab before flames engulfed it. A billowing cloud of black smoke was visible for miles.

Howard was taken to Atrium Medical Center suffering from minor injuries, according to the patrol. Wetzel was not injured.

The overturned trailer struck a vehicle driven by Nick Smallwood, 28, of Franklin, who was headed south on 75. Smallwood was treated at West Chester Hospital and released.

Trevor Lutterbie, 18, of the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash, swerved to avoid a collision while headed south on the interstate and was struck by a vehicle being driven by Stephen Roudebush, 28, of Springboro.

Neither Lutterbie nor Roudebush was injured, according to the patrol.

I-75 north was restricted to one lane for approximately three hours before all lanes were reopened Monday evening.

At 7:30 p.m., one lane of southbound 75 was open as crews continue to clear the remaining debris from the semitrailer.

Witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Trooper Rebecca Robinson, at the Hamilton patrol post, at 513-863-4606.

‘You guys are ruining Christmas,’ theft suspect tells police

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Steven Elzey
Steven Elzey

A theft suspect told police “you guys are ruining Christmas” after he was arrested while police investigated a suspicious circumstance involving copper wire at First Street Recycling, reported by the plant manager.

Steven Elzey, 35, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing official business and falsification at the business at 1341 E. First St. after police said he initially gave them his brother’s information, according to a Dayton Police Department report.

STORM CENTER 7: Live Doppler 7 HD Radar

After determining Elzey’s correct identity, Dayton police learned he had a warrant for his arrest in Clark County.

“I should have ... run. I would have got away,” Elzey told police as they drove him to the Montgomery County Jail, the report stated.

Elzey is next scheduled to appear Nov. 30 in Dayton Municipal Court, and he has another hearing scheduled in January in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for a suspected parole violation, jail records show.

Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. (Nov. 17)

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria.

The 2002 Greenville High School graduate and father of four is an explosive ordnance technician. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy said they are working to provide further details about how he was injured.

Most of Stacy’s family is in Texas with him, including his wife, Lindsey, who also is a Greenville grad. His mother-in-law works for Greenville schools, but the district said she is with her family in Texas.

FIRST REPORT

A 2002 Greenville High School graduate earlier this month was severely wounded in action in the Middle East.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was injured by an improvised explosive device, reportedly while clearing a hospital in Syria. 

The explosive ordnance disposal technician is part of Operation Inherent Resolve and is back in the United States receiving treatment. 

Stacy and his wife, Lindsey, also a Greenville grad, are parents to four children. They live in San Diego, Calif., where Stacy is stationed, our media partner the Early Bird Paper reported. 

Vice Chief of Naval Operations  Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduces Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Kenton Stacy as the USO Sailor of the Year at the 2010 USO Gala. (Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/U.S. Navy)

In October 2010, Stacy represented his branch of the military when he was presented with a USO Servicemember of the Year during a USO gala. At the time of his award, he had participated in more than 50 combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan. He destroyed IEDs, trained Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces on route-clearing techniques. 

Operation Inherent Resolve has suffered 44 deaths, of which 30 were killed in action; and 239 service members were wounded in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. It is not clear whether the statistics include Stacy.

8 vehicles, 1 injury in 2 crashes on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

Two separate vehicle accidents on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour Friday evening sent one person to a hospital, left eight vehicles heavily damaged and clogged traffic. 

The accidents were reported between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch. 

RELATED: Crashes along I-75 South in Dayton cause delays

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Crash on state Route 741 closes road several hours

The first accident, near the Stanley Avenue exit, involved a semitrailer and three passenger vehicles. No one was injured. 

Dayton police said a lane change apparently triggered the mashup. 

Traffic, at 6:30 p.m., was down to one lane. 

One person was taken to a hospital from the second accident, farther south state Route 4, which involved four passenger vehicles, police said. 

In that accident, the far left lane remained closed at 6:30 p.m.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Ohio 741 open, crews replace power pole after crash near Springboro

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

Crash closes SR 741 for hours

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

Ohio 741 near Red Lion-Five Points Road is open to traffic after it was shut down for hours this evening.

A driver only had minor injuries, but the power pole the man hit was damaged beyond repair in the crash that happened around 2:30 p.m. The crash area was shut down while a Duke Energy crew replaced the utility pole. By 11 p.m., the roadway was back open.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the exit for state Route 73 (West Central Avenue) and go right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

RELATED: See more trending stories on WHIO.com

For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for six to seven hours longer near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was a man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 

FIRST REPORT

State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

RELATED: See more trending stories on WHIO.com

The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE NEWS AND WEATHER APPS FOR OUR LATEST BREAKING NEWS

The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story.