Eaton man identified in fatal Preble County crash

PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (Dec. 27)

The man killed in this crash is John M. Crank, 33, of Eaton, said Sgt. Chris Colbert, of the Dayton post of Ohio Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from his SUV. The man was not wearing a seat belt.

Colbert said it remains under investigation why the man went off the roadway and then left of center after over-correcting. Weather is not a factor, Colbert said.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. (Dec. 26)

The crash that killed a man who was ejected from an SUV in a three-vehicle crash shut down U.S. 127 in Preble County for more than four hours today.

The crash was reported around 10:50 a.m., and the road was not reopened until about 3:15 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post, which is handling the crash.

The victim’s name has not been released.

UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.A man was ejected from an SUV and killed in a three-vehicle crash today on U.S. 127 in Preble County, according to state troopers.

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An SUV and a car were traveling north on U.S. 127 near the Preble County Landfill when the driver of the SUV lost control of their vehicle and went off the right side of the road, investigators said. The driver over-corrected and went left of center, crashing into a semi hauling grain traveling south.

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The crash collected the car that was traveling behind the SUV, troopers said.

The driver of the SUV, only identified as a man, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt.

The drivers of the semi and car were not injured.

U.S. 127 is blocked in both directions for the investigation. It is unknown when the road will reopen.

The identity of the man was not released, pending notification of family.


At least one person has suffered serious injuries following a crash south of Eaton in Preble County Tuesday.

State troopers confirmed they are investigating a “serious injury crash” on U.S. 127 between Eaton and Camden.

The crash was first reported around 10:50 a.m., according to dispatchers with the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Additional details were not available.

We’ll update this page as we learn more.