Oakwood trench collapse: 911 call released

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Dozens of rescuers save Oakwood worker buried in trench for hours

UPDATE @ 8:36 a.m. (March 9):

A 30-second 911 call was released by the city of Oakwood Friday.

“Wall collapsed over on the guys here in the water department,” the caller told emergency dispatchers.

We’re working to learn the injured workers’ names as well as their conditions.


A city of Oakwood worker was buried up to his waist for hours in a trench collapse Thursday that ended without serious injury to the relief of dozens of rescuers – many specially trained for just such an emergency.

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The rescue resulted in “a safe and successful outcome,” said Oakwood Police/Fire Chief Alan Hill.

Emergency responders were called around 1:40 p.m. to the 200 block of Northview Road in Oakwood, where city workers were installing sewer pipes running under the street. 


Rescuers from across the region answered the call, some arriving in special gear like that worn by spelunkers. They worked slowly and methodically to dig out the worker, Hill said. 

“The biggest challenge is you don’t want to make a bad situation worse,” he said. “We have to make sure that not only we don’t do anything to cause more injury to the person who is trapped, but we have to protect every single rescuer who is involved in the rescue.”

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At one point, rescuers put a rescue basket down into the trench but later pulled it up and instead lowered a section of ladder. About two hours after the 9-1-1 call, the man emerged from the 6-foot-deep trench and was loaded into a waiting ambulance. He was alert and talking.

Scene of the trench collapse in Oakwood

He was taken to an area hospital but did not appear to be seriously injured. A second person was injured trying to help the trapped worker and also was taken to a hospital. Neither worker was identified.

“A full investigation needs to happen to determine exactly what happened within the trench. At the time we were here, obviously the walls had collapsed and he was trapped inside,” Hill said. 

Two other high-profile trench collapses since 2016 were fatal. 

>> Warren County man, 25, killed in trench collapse

In December 2017, a Warren County man died after being buried at least 25-30 feet underground in a trench collapse. Zachary Hess, 25, of Mason was an excavating worker at a home construction site.

A wrongful death lawsuit is moving forward in Montgomery County over the June 2016 death of James Rogers who died in a trench collapse at a Washington Twp. construction site.

>> Judge: Trench death lawsuit can move forward

In January, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine ruled the case can proceed without defendant Timothy Scott Dickey, who filed for Chapter 7 in Dayton’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Northview Road in Oakwood


Emergency crews responded to the 200 block of Northview Road around 1:40 p.m. on a report of a trench collapse in Oakwood.

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We’re working to learn more.

Scene of the trench collapse in Oakwood | Staff Photo

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:44 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • US 35 east between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Street, Overnight lane closures March 19 at 8 p.m. - March 20 at 6 a.m. Two eastbound lanes will remain open.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • I-75 south near CR 25A (Piqua), Lane closure March 19 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Damage from electrical fire on Pinehurst Avenue estimated at $10K

Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM

House fire on Pinehurst Ave in Dayton

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.

No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.

Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house. 


Fire crews were dispatched to a working structure fire on the 50 block of Pinehurst Avenue on Monday afternoon. We are headed to the scene and will update you with the latest information. 

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Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

A 32-year-old Huber Heights man was arrested Wednesday on a charge accusing him of committing a hate crime when federal authorities said he attacked a man outside a Cincinnati restaurant because the man identified himself as Jewish. 

Izmir Koch -- also under indictment in Montgomery County involving a June 2016 fight on Valley Street in Dayton -- remains in federal custody following his arrest on one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

Koch already has appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. 

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According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Koch was outside a restaurant with others on Feb. 4, 2017, when he allegedly yelled out asking if anyone outside the restaurant was Jewish. 

A victim responded that he was Jewish and it is alleged that Koch then ran to the man and punched him in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Koch and others continued hitting and kicking him. 

The victim suffered injuries from the attack, including rib contusions and a fracture of his orbital floor - the bottom portion of an eye socket. 

"Physically attacking someone because you think he's Jewish or Christian or Muslim or any other religion is a federal crime," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in the prepared statement. "This office prosecutes hate crimes." 

According to one Cincinnati media report, the victim was not actually Jewish, Glassman said at a news conference. 


A check of Montgomery County online court records shows that Koch was indicted in July 2016 on two counts of felonious assault (deadly weapon and serious harm). The status of the case is labeled "reopened" and a motion in the case was filed Tuesday. 

In that motion filed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Koch and at least five other men accused of assaulting a man in a fight and stabbing June 7, 2016, outside SMS Trucking, 1602 Valley St., are claiming self-defense.

RELATED: 6 indicted in Valley Street fight, stabbing

The fracas involved men of Russian descent, police have said. 

One of the co-defendants claimed to a police detective that they committed the assault because the man "made disparaging comments about their mothers, and their culture does not permit such comments." 

The co-defendant also told the detective they all fought with the man because "they were not scared of him and they needed to handle the situation on their own." 

The prosecutor's office has asked the trial judge to compel the co-defendant to testify as to those statements. 

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Clipper-type system could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM

Another storm system will threaten the Miami Valley with more snow as we head into the first weekend of Spring. It is too early to know the exact impact, or how much snow will fall, but our Storm Center 7 meteorologists say there is a chance for accumulation late Friday night into Saturday.

Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.

A clipper-type system looks to spread snow into the region this weekend, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell  said.

The storm system looks to arrive late Friday night or into Saturday morning. The current forecast track would bring snow across much of the Miami Valley during the day Saturday.

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“Snow accumulation, perhaps heavy, would be likely along and north of the Ohio River should the current forecast track hold,” Elwell said, “but a lot can still change.”

If the system adjusts north, then the threat will be for more of a mix or perhaps even more rain than snow, Elwell said.

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However, the system could escape to the south with little to no local effect.

“We’ll know a lot more on the potential threat of this system by late Thursday. Stay tuned!” Elwell said.

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