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‘White-out’ conditions lead to 52-vehicle pileup on I-75

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 11:51 AM
Updated: Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 9:22 PM


            Emergency crews respond to Interstate 75 South near the Middletown exit for a crash involving more than 30 vehicles Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Morning weather conditions are believed to have contributed to the crash.
            Nick Daggy
Emergency crews respond to Interstate 75 South near the Middletown exit for a crash involving more than 30 vehicles Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Morning weather conditions are believed to have contributed to the crash.(Nick Daggy)

A snow squall that created “white-out” conditions and slick roads is being blamed for three pileup crashes that killed a 12-year-old girl and involved more than 150 vehicles on Ohio interstates Monday.

Fifty-two vehicles — including two semitrailers — crashed into each other on southbound Interstate 75 near the Ohio 122 exit in Middletown just before noon, scattering wreckage across the road and backing up traffic for miles, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. No one involved suffered life-threatening injuries, though nine people went to Atrium Medical Centerfor treatment of bumps and bruises, officials said.

“It just came out of the blue. There was a white-out from the squall that came through the area so people couldn’t see, then the road got coated,” said Sgt. Scott Bierer, of the patrol’s Lebanon post. “It was like a perfect storm.”

Light snow flurries were predicted as a possibility Monday, but the white-out event was unexpected.

At about the same time of the massive pileup on I-75, as many as 86 cars and trucks were colliding on I-275 near the Colerain Avenue exit. About 20 people were injured in the crash and a 12-year-old girl was killed when she got out of her car after the accident, according to Colerain Twp. fire officials.

The girl, who had not been identified by name late Monday, was standing in the median and was either struck by another vehicle or a guardrail that snapped, authorities said.

A third accident involving as many as 20 vehicles happened at about 12:30 p.m. on I-270 south near Westerville, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Three people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office officials were unavailable for comment, but on scene Cpl. Robert Burns said the pileup was caused by ice and low visibility because of the snow, according to the Dispatch.

Luke Stevens, 18, of Van Wert, was at the front of the pileup on I-75 after the car he was in with three others spun out of control.

“It was complete ice all over the highway,” Stevens said, adding he could see other vehicles coming at his car once it came to a stop facing north.

“Cars were coming straight toward us at 60 miles per hour. … We ended up getting hit head-on by a truck,” he said. “We got hit probably 10 other times by other cars banging into each other. … We were in a (Buick) Rendezvous. All the airbags deployed.”

His mother was in the vehicle and was taken to a hospital with a neck injury, he said.

Authorities shut down southbound I-75 starting at Ohio 123 for about four hours while troopers and crews from Middletown, Monroe, Turtlecreek Twp., Liberty Twp. and Joint Emergency Medical Services gathered information from drivers, tended to the injured and cleared wreckage. No one has been cited for any traffic violations, officials said.

Jackie Jones, of Carlisle, said she is a teacher who was off school headed to Cincinnati Premium Outlets and was on the interstate when the snow began to fall so heavily she couldn’t see. Jones said it was instantly white.

“All I could see were cars starting to swirl in front of me. As soon as I tapped my brakes my car started to kind of get out of control,” she said.

“I gripped the wheel and somehow made it to the side of the road,” she said. “Thank goodness the cars around me didn’t collide and were able to come to stops.”

Ohio lawmaker’s idea leads to resting place for unidentified war dead

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 6:17 AM


            Staff Sgt. Adrienne Doctor plays taps during the dedication ceremony for the Tomb of Remembrance in Section 72 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 13, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)
Staff Sgt. Adrienne Doctor plays taps during the dedication ceremony for the Tomb of Remembrance in Section 72 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 13, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)

After reading news stories about the Dover Air Force Base mortuary sending cremated veterans’ remains to a Maryland landfill in 2011, U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers was horrified.

Then he decided to do something to make sure it would never happen again.

Stivers, an Upper Arlington Republican who has served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, began pushing for a resting place to inter the partial, unidentified remains of those who died while serving in the U.S. armed services.

It took six years, but the results of his efforts — the “Tomb of Remembrance” — was dedicated Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

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No remains were interred yet, but Stivers took comfort in knowing that cremated remains would have a dedicated resting place.

“It felt great to know that there is now a very honorable place for these remains to go,” he said.

Stivers and his staff came up with a idea for the tomb after reading the stories about the Air Force dumping incinerated partial remains of unidentified soldiers in a Virginia landfill. He said he wanted a place that could accept new remains long after he left Congress.

Stivers introduced a bill in May 2012, but more importantly he got the superintendent of Arlington Cemetery interested. The bill passed the House but was still in the Senate when the superintendent decided to move forward without congressional help.

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“It wasn’t about passing a bill,” Stivers said. “It was about making it happen.”

There were more practical issues at play as well. Arlington National Cemetery is quickly running out of space. Storing cremated remains of unknown service members together, Stivers said, made more sense than burying each set of co-mingled fragments in a separate grave.

Tucked in a corner of the cemetery, not far from the columbarium — a wall holding cremated remains of other veterans — the tomb is simple and reminiscent of a cairn, or pile of rocks known as a traditional type of tomb. Underneath the cairn, a humidity-controlled vault will hold the cremated remains. Above it, those visiting can sit on a bench with a full view of the site and the graves that lie beyond it.

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During a brief 10 to 15 minute ceremony, military representatives blessed the tomb with Hebrew, Catholic and Protestant prayers. They played taps. And one cemetery representative pulled Stivers aside and told him that his idea would endure for 100 or possibly 200 years to come.

Stivers was overwhelmed.

“It feels like I made a difference,” he said, “and that feels great.”

Dayton man shot in hand during attempted robbery

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

A 29-year-old Dayton man was shot in the hand Friday night around 9:40 p.m. during a robbery in the 2100 block of North Main Street according to a Dayton Police report.

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Police were called to Miami Valley Hospital after the gunshot victim was admitted to the emergency room for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right hand. 

The victim reported he was walking in an alley on his way back to his mother's home when a man in a black ski mask showed a silver handgun and said, "Give it up." 

The victim said he tried to disarm the suspect and as he reached for the gun he was shot and the suspect fled. 

The suspect was described as standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a blue coat with white buttons and black shoes with a reflective or illuminated logo. 

Dayton Police are still investigating this crime and if you have any information you are asked to call 937-333-2677

Police: Washington State mother under investigation for infant's death

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 5:51 AM

Kent Police Department.
Kent Police Department
Kent Police Department.(Kent Police Department)

A 24-year-old Washington State woman is under investigation for homicide and reckless care that caused the death of her infant son, Kent Police said late Saturday.

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Medics were called on Dec. 12 after the 2-month old baby was found unresponsive, police said. 

Police said the mother placed the child on his stomach on top of a sleeping bag and left him unattended for at least 20 minutes while she watched television in another room.

When the mother returned, she found the child unresponsive and not breathing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the child's memorial fund. Click here to view. 

CSX railroad chief Hunter Harrison dies

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 4:55 AM

Hunter Harrison was the CEO of the Florida-based CSX railroad company.
Associated Press file photo
Hunter Harrison was the CEO of the Florida-based CSX railroad company.(Associated Press file photo)

Hunter Harrison, the president and CEO of railroad giant CSX, died Saturday in Florida. He was 73.

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CSX confirmed Harrison’s death in a statement, saying it was caused by “unexpectedly severe complications” from a recent illness. His death comes only a couple of days after the company announced he was taking an unplanned medical leave of absence.

“Hunter was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, experience and energy in railroading to CSX,” the company said in a statement.

Harrison was hired by Florida-based CSX in March under shareholder pressure. But recently there had been concerns about his health. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Harrison often worked from his Wellington home and occasionally required portable oxygen.

Harrison, a member of the Wellington horse set, lived in a 9,200-square-foot mansion at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, according to property records. He paid $4 million for the property in 2008.

The property now is held in the name of Harrison’s wife, Jeannie Harrison. They have a homestead exemption.

And the Harrison family’s Double H Farm owns a 22-acre property in Wellington.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Harrison was a long-time railroad executive who made his career turning around railroads.

“With the passing of Hunter Harrison, CSX has suffered a major loss. Notwithstanding that loss, the Board is confident that Jim Foote, as acting Chief Executive Officer, and the rest of the CSX team will capitalize on the changes that Hunter has made,” Edward J. Kelly III, Chairman of the CSX Board of Directors, said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.