Multiple crashes reported as refreeze causes slick conditions

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 5:18 AM

Car slides off EB I-70 into tree

Slick conditions have been reported across the area this morning as temperatures hovering right around freezing have caused a refreeze.

RELATED: Icy roads this morning, temps in 50s this afternoon

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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

@8:11 a.m.: At Rt. 42 south of Darnell Road in Greene County, there is a crash involving an 18-wheeler and several other vehicles.

@8:01 a.m.: On Route 49 at Winkler Road in Mercer County, there is an overturned vehicle. No injuries have been reported.

@7:55 a.m.: On Route 4 at Bath Road, multiple crashes have been reported, including one that may be a rollover.

Slide off accident on RT 4 near Bath Rd.

@7:43 a.m.: On Riverside Drive at Old Riverside in Harrison Twp., there is a crash with injuries reported.

@7:36 a.m.: In the 700 block of Richmond, a car has reportedly crashed into a house.

@7:33 a.m.: On eastbound I-70 east of Route 4 in Clark County, two crashes have been reported. The crashes are possible slide-offs and it’s unknown if anyone was injured.

@7:27 a.m.: On Philadelphia at Siebenthaler, two vehicles have crashed and a pole is blocking the intersection.

@7:26 a.m.: On northbound I-675 at Indian Ripple, a crash has been reported.

@7:05 a.m.: On Austin Boulevard at I-75, there is a crash.

@7 a.m.: On northbound I-675 at mile marker 9 in Greene County, there is a car on its side.

@6:59 a.m.: On eastbound I-70 in the area of Main Street in Englewood, there is at least one crash.

@6:54 a.m.: On southbound I-675 at Grange Hall road, seven to eight cars are involved in a crash.

@6:45 a.m.: On Interstate 70 at U.S. 35 in Preble County, there is a jackknifed semi.

Police around the Miami Valley are investigating multiple crashes Wednesday morning due to slick conditions.

@6:42 a.m.: On I-70 westbound at Airport Access, a crash has been reported. Crews are already on the scene of a crash in the eastbound lanes.

@6:39 a.m.: Butler County dispatch is reporting crashes in the 1500 block of Millville Avenue, on Hamilton Mason Road east of Les Wes Road  and in the 5100 block of Thomas Road.

@6:35 a.m.: On southbound and northbound I-675 right before the exit to Wilmington Pike, multiple cars have slid off the road.

@6:32 a.m.: On eastbound I-70 at Airport Access, the right lane is blocked for a crash.

@6:24 a.m.: On I-70 eastbound east of Route 72, a car slid off the highway.

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@6:21 a.m.: On northbound I-75 at Main Street in Dayton, a car crashed into the barrier.

@6:15 a.m.: On eastbound U.S. 35 between Woodman and I-675 in Riverside, two cars had crashed into the ditch.

@6:15 a.m.: On Watervilet Avenue at Smithville Road in Dayton, no injuries were reported in a crash.

@6:10 a.m.: On I-675 northbound near Far Hills, a second crash has been reported.

@6:09 a.m.: On eastbound I-70 near Route 41 in Clark County, a four-car crash was reported.

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@6:07 a.m.: On I-675 north south of Indian Ripple in Washington Twp., a crash was reported.

@6:04 a.m.: On I-675 north near Far Hills, a car has crashed into the wall.

@6:05 a.m.: On Franklin Trenton Road before the railroad crossing in Franklin, a car is on its side.

@6:03 a.m.: On Dixie at Lightner in Huber Heights, a SUV is on its side. All occupants are out of the vehicle.

@5:47 a.m.: On I-675 north of Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek, a car is in the median.

@5:43 a.m.: Fairborn police are reporting I-675 is “very slick.”

@5:40 a.m.: On Route 844 near Wright State Road, there is a crash reported near the base. Our crew is on scene and reported the roadway is extremely slick.

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@5:33 a.m.: On Spring Valley Paintersville at Anderson Road in Greene County, a car crashed and was reported to be on its side in a wooded area.

@5:25 a.m.: On westbound U.S. 35 at I-675 in Beavercreek, a crash was reported.

@5:25 a.m.: On U.S. 49 at Hoover in Trotwood, a crash has been reported.

@ 5:20 a.m. On the eastbound U.S. 35 exit ramp to Steve Whalen Boulevard in Dayton, police and medics were dispatched to a crash reported at the base of the exit ramp. The driver on Steve Whalen told authorities he had a green light and was hit by a car comping off the ramp. Roads are slick in the area.

@ 5:15 a.m. Slick roads and refreeze have been reported across the region this morning and are anticipated to impact the morning commute, especially during the peak drive times. 

Ice begins forming on Patterson Boulevard in Dayton

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south Ramp to US 35 west, Ramp closure January 9th – September 30th. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through February 20th. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take motorists to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 
  • Vista View Drive between Second Street and Third Street, road closed through September of 2017. Detour posted. 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions September 12th – June 15th of 2017. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure September 13th – June 15th, 2017. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

 

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Homemade bottle bomb found along Island MetroPark bikepath

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

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Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field around 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, Lt. Mark Arendt of the Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division said. 

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The device was found partially burnt-up and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Police: Wrong-way driver causes fatal downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.:

A wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed one person in downtown Dayton Tuesday morning, according to police. 

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Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m. 

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Investigators said a red car traveled the wrong direction on West Fifth Street and crashed into the silver car, sending the silver car into a pole. The crash killed one person, but investigators didn’t indicate which vehicle that person was in. 

The identity of the victim will not be released until family has been notified.

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said. 

I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The intersection was reopened by police around 11:30 a.m.

Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.:

One person has died following a crash near the intersection of West Fifth and South Perry streets in downtown Dayton, according to dispatchers. 

Police continue to block West Fifth street near the bridge and South Perry Street is blocked at West Fourth Street. 

We’ll update this page as more details become available. 

FIRST REPORT

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning. 

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The crash was reported at the intersection of West Fifth South Perry streets and near Sinclair College, around 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

Police have requested a crash reconstruction to the scene to investigate the crash, according to our crew on the scene. 

The condition of the driver was not immediately available. 

Police have blocked eastbound West Fifth Street at the bridge and South Perry Street at West Fourth Street for the investigation. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Warren County drivers to pay $5 more for vehicle registration

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:38 AM


            Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison will have another $1.1 million for road and bridge projects since the county commissioners approved a $5 increase in motor vehicle fees. He stands in front of a list of counties that have added the fee. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD
            Lawrence Budd
Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison will have another $1.1 million for road and bridge projects since the county commissioners approved a $5 increase in motor vehicle fees. He stands in front of a list of counties that have added the fee. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD(Lawrence Budd)

Warren County vehicle owners will pay another $5 for registration next year.

This morning, the county commissioners approved the increase, which is expected to raise another $1.1 million a year for road and bridge projects.

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Revenue from the existing fee, increased in phases since 1968, is shared with other local governments.

“We’re really falling behind,” County Engineer Neil Tunison said. “We’re doing about a third of the roads we need to do.”

Warren County would be the 14th in Ohio to add the charge, joining Montgomery, Hamilton and Clermont counties in the Miami Valley. The new fee was authorized by Ohio lawmakers in 2017, Tunison said.

Tunison said some of the new money would fund local matches on major projects funded primarily with state or federal funds.

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County Commissioner Dave Young noted this was the first increase in 13 years and said good roads were part of keeping Warren County an attractive place for businesses and residents.

“I’m not even going to blink an eye,” Young said.

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There were no comments from the public in two public hearings preceding Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the commissioners.

Commissioner Tom Grossmann said he was not planning to vote for the increase.

“You convinced me,” Grossmann said.

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The county engineer’s office’s annual budget is about $8.4 million in revenue, $6.1 million from the vehicle registration fees and $2.3 million from gas tax.

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Ohio police dog struck, killed by car: ‘Play ball in heaven, my buddy’

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM

BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.

A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.

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“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook. 

The police department will post more information about a memorial when details are finalized. 

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