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2 seriously hurt in first of 2 crashes on U.S. 68

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 4:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 11:00 PM



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UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

One person suffered minor injuries this afternoon in a three-vehicle crash just north of a crash on U.S. 68 that seriously injured a married Urbana couple.

In the first crash, reported at 3:15 p.m., a 2017 gold Ford Escape turned west from south U.S. 68 onto Hickory Grove Road into the path of a northbound black 2000 Mitsubishi sport-utility vehicle. The Mitsubishi struck the right side of the Ford, causing heavy damage to both vehicles, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the Escape, 60-year-old Janis M. Vincent, and her husband, 63-year-old James E. Vincent, were taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Their conditions were not available tonight. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Taylor A. Gorr, 21, of Urbana, was not hurt, deputies said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The second crash was reported around 4:30 p.m. when a gray 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling south on U.S. 68 did not stop for slowed traffic, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pickup’s driver, 30-year-old Dustin W. Meadows of Cable, Ohio, struck a 1996 green Mercury driven by Robert J. Smith, 74, of Urbana. Smith’s pickup then struck a black 2014 Ford pickup driven by William R. David, 50, of Springfield. Smith was taken by Urbana EMS to Urbana Mercy Hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

Meadows was cited for assured clear distance, the sheriff’s office said.

FIRST REPORT

Two people were seriously injured in a crash on U.S. 68 and Hickory Grove Road in Champaign County.

Two sport-utility vehicles collided near that intersection. The two injured parties were from the same vehicle. No one in the other SUV was injured.

The injured were flown via CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, according to officials at the scene.

While Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies were working to get traffic moving again, a second crash occurred 
just north of the first crash scene. Three cars were involved and there was one minor injury.

As of 5 p.m. traffic was moving on Hickory Grove Road but not on U.S. 68, which was blocked in both directions. 

Entire city of Greenville under boil advisory

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Residents must boil tap water before using for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.

The boil water advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, according to a release issued Saturday evening.

The advisory was issued due to high turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water supply.

The water plant routinely monitors water for turbidity to make sure it is properly filtered. Samples taken Saturday had higher levels for about seven minutes due to a mechanical failure. 

“Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes,” the release stated.

Crews are in the area to collect water samples.

The boil advisory likely will remain in effect for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined.

For more information, contact the City of Greenville Water Department at 937-548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at 937-548-1815.

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on this weekend's storm system.

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

 >>Get WHIO’s free Weather App: Hour-by-hour forecast anytime, anywhere 

Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared:

  • Heavy rain late Friday night, Saturday afternoon--ponding on the roads and reduced visibility will make driving challenging, and raise your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Winds will be gusting Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated power outages are possible. Holiday decorations and lawn furniture could be blown around or damaged. 
  • Cold air will move in quickly, a 20-degree drop is expected by Sunday morning. Below freezing temperatures, light snow flurries are possible. Accumulation should not be an issue, but icy spots on roads Sunday morning are possible.

 >>Live Interactive Radar

 

Weather satellite JPSS-1 successfully launches 

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:35 AM

Launch Coverage of Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) from Vandenberg AFB, California.

UPDATE @ 7:27 a.m.

JPSS-1 successfully launched into orbit Saturday morning at 4:47 a.m., according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Once it reaches its final orbit, it will be renamed NOAA 20. There are about 3 months of tests then the data it collects will be used officially. This satellite was built to operate for seven years.

EARLIER REPORT

NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, will launch a satellite Saturday that will help improve weather forecasts.

The satellite launch was scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed twice.

The launch for the JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, according to NASA.

A live stream of the launch will be available on NASA’s website starting at 4:15 a.m.

WATCH: Live stream of NOAA JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three to seven day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity, and atmospheric moisture. 

The JPSS-1 will be launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California pending proper flight conditions. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed until today.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will be provided then twice a day.

JPSS-2 is planned to launch in 2021 and JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 are anticipated to launch in 2026 and 2031.

Stabbing victim flown to hospital; Springfield crews search for suspect

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:04 AM

Springfield police are searching for a suspect after a man was stabbed in the chest, according to Springfield Sgt. Michael Curtis.

Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Water Street around 11:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a stabbing. 

Officers arrived to find the victim coherent and unable to recall the events leading up to the stabbing, according to Curtis. 

Curtis said a medical helicopter took the victim from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital where he remains in an unknown condition. 

Aided by a K-9 unit, Springfield officers were unable to locate a suspect at the scene. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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