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Published: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 4:29 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 8:35 AM
PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 8:35 a.m.:
Three people killed in a chain-reaction crash on I-70 west in Preble County Wednesday afternoon have been identified.
Richard Shiverdecker, 71, of Lewisburg, and his wife, Karen Shiverdecker, 65, of Lewisburg, were the victims in a Chevy Trail Blazer, said Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Dayton Post.
A semi truck driver killed in the crash was identified as Robert Fryklund, 68, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin.
Driver inattention is being blamed for a four-vehicle, chain-reaction triple-fatal accident on I-70 West in Preble County near the Indiana border, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
"It really just boils down to driver inattention," said Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Dayton Post.
Drivers must learn to remain aware that vehicles can stop at any time -- for debris, construction or an incident -- and follow at a safe distance, he said.
"Tragedy happens when you're not fully paying attention. It's unfortunate that didn't happen here, that people were not paying attention," he said.
According to the preliminary investigation, Kramer said, the accident about a mile from Ohio-Indiana border happened this way:
A driver in one of the semis, extricated from the wreckage and taken to Kettering Medical Center by helicopter, died at the hospital.
The names of the people killed will be released once their next of kin have been notified.
One person, well after the collision, was taken to a hospital complaining of pain. That person’s injury was described as minor, Kramer said.
Neither drugs, alcohol nor speed were believed to be factors, he said.
Kramer said the right lane will remain closed at least two more hours for the removal of debris and the vehicles. The state patrol is working to get the left lane open as soon as possible, he said.