Tipp City woman killed in fiery Clayton crash

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 12:26 PM
Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 8:22 PM

The victim who was trapped in the fiery wreckage of her car following a rear-end accident on Monday afternoon has been identified as an 87-year-old Tipp City woman.

Bystanders failed in their attempt to free Rachel Branson from her Ford Fusion, which slammed into the rear of a flatbed truck at National (U.S. 40) and Hoke roads at about 12:17 p.m., according to police and the Ohio Highway Patrol, which is handling the investigation.

According to the preliminary OSP investigation, the 2013 International flatbed for the AAA company was stopped in the left turn lane to turn south onto Hoke when the car hit it.

Branson’s car caught fire after the collision, according to bystanders who said they used a crowbar to break a back window and climb inside because the driver’s door had become mangled in the accident.

Others from the YMCA brought out fire extinguishers. As witnesses attempted to get Branson out, the fire grew, and arriving officers told them to get away from the vehicle, according to reports.

Witnesses also said the driver of the car appeared to be operating it erratically before the crash, and the OSP said there wasn’t any sign that brakes had been applied.

Monday night, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office would not say whether an autopsy is scheduled but the OSP indicated that it will be working with the coroner’s office to determine whether any medical condition could have contributed to the woman’s death.

The driver of the flatbed, 47-year-old Herbert Gross of Pleasant Hill, was not seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life threatening, officials said.

No injuries reported from crash at busy intersection

Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

No injuries were reported from a two vehicle crash at a busy intersection.

Just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Riverside Police responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of Woodman Drive and Airway Road.

Police learned upon arrival that no one required medical treatment from the crash and the damage was considered moderate.

The scene took approximately fifty minutes to investigate and clear before an all clear was given just before 11:00 a.m.

Details on the cause were not available at the time of the clean-up.

10 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Greenville

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 5:31 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 9:17 PM


            10 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Greenville

Seven vehicles were part of a high speed chain reaction crash Thursday afternoon on Russ Road at Wagner Avenue in Greenville.

A total of 10 people were injured. Two refused medical treatment while eight were transported by life squad to Wayne Health Center.

Officer Flanner with the Greenville Police said initial reports indicated a black-colored car was traveling at a high rate of speed on Russ Road and slammed into the rear of a Pontiac Aztec at the Wagner Avenue intersection.

The impact forced the Aztec into another car which sent that vehicle across the road. The original black car then struck the car which the Aztec hit. A fourth vehicle then crashed into the rear of a vehicle, pushing it into two other vehicles.

Mutual aid was provided by Arcanum, Versailles and Ansonia.

The roadway was closed for about hour. The crash remains under investigation.

Cyclist struck, injured by car; CareFlight called

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 @ 4:13 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2013 @ 4:13 PM

Careflight was sent to the intersection of U.S. Route 36 and State Route 121 after a bicyclist was struck by a car.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Darke County deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a person on a bicycle struck by a car while both traveling northbound in the 5200 block of State Route 121 in Greenville.

Careflight was requested to the scene to transport the injured male rider, identified as 56 year-old Benjamin Flatter of Greenville, to Miami Valley Hospital. The female driver of a 2002 red Pontiac Sunfire, Tia williamson, 19, of Greenville, was not injured.

A Darke County Sheriff's deputy reported the car attempted to swerve left and pass the bike, but Flatter travelled left across Route 121 to enter a driveway and was subseqently hit.

The condition of Flatter was not released.

Law enforcement closed the intersection while the incident was cleared. The crash is under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Hydroplaning the probable cause for 2 crashes same area and time

Published: Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 4:24 AM

2 seperate crashes on the same stretch of I-70 at the same time.
One person was taken to Soin Medical Center with minor injuries after hydroplaning and losing control on westbound I-70.
Around 3:00 a.m., Sunday morning, Enon Police were called to westbound I-70 on a report of a spin-off crash.
Enon Police were on another call so Clark County Sheriff's deputies responded.
Upon arrival at mile marker post 48, deputies discovered two seperate recent crashes.
Initial investigation stated both vehicles had seperately hydroplaned in the same area and spun-out to the left, colliding into the guard-rail.
A women in one of the vehicles sustained minor injuries.
The Ohio State Patrol, Springfield Township, Harmony Township and Enon Police all assisted in handling the incidents.