UPDATE @ 7:08 p.m.: A spokeswoman with Rumpke Waste and Recycling said it's too soon to know whether the brakes failed on one of the company's trucks in Thursday afternoon's multiple-vehicle accident on Stanley Avenue at the state Route 4 North off ramp.
Dayton police are investigating brake failure as the cause of the accident that left two people injured.
“Right now, it’s too soon to know for sure what happened,” said Amanda Pratt, the Rumpke spokeswoman. “We’re going to conduct a very thorough investigation to find out what happened today.”
A Rumpke safety and maintenance team is working the Dayton police and the state patrol to determine if mechanical failure was involved, Pratt said.
“We’re going to do everything we can to find out what happened.” she said.
UPDATE @ 6:14 p.m.:
The brakes apparently failed on the Rumpke trash truck in the three-vehicle accident on Stanley Avenue at the state Route 4 off ramp that sent two people to a hospital, Dayton police Lt. Randy Beane said.
Two people in a work van hit by the Rumpke truck suffered non-life threatening injuries, the lieutenant said. They were taken to Miami Valley Hospital.
The Rumpke truck was coming off the ramp from Route 4 North when its brakes apparently failed and it slammed into the rear of the work van, which had stopped at the intersection. That collision pushed the work van across Stanley Avenue and into the path of a minivan, Lt. Beane said.
Four people in the minivan-work van collision were not injured, he said, and neither was the Rumpke driver.
Because the accident involved a commercial vehicle, the Ohio State Highway Patrol was checking the Rumpke truck’s brakes on scene to see if they were functional, Beane said.
UPDATE @ 5:16 p.m.:
Three people have been taken to hospitals from the multiple-vehicle accident involving a Rumpke trash truck on Stanley Avenue in Dayton.
Dayton police tell us the preliminary investigation is that a Rumpke trash truck lost its brakes on the ramp from state Route 4 North to Stanley Avenue.
The trash truck hit a minivan and pushed the minivan across Stanley Avenue into the path of a work van, which hit the minivan.
A Dayton fire official tells us two people from the work van, a male and female, are in serious condition and an unknown number of people in the minivan were not injured.
There was no information about the Rumpke driver's condition.
Stanley Avenue remains closed in both directions, as does the ramp from state Route 4.
A Rumpke trash truck has been involved a multiple-vehicle accident involving a work van and a minivan just off the ramp from state Route 4 to Stanley Avenue in Dayton.
Dayton firefighter/paramedics are working to extricate as many as two victims from one of the vehicles. Police are telling us a fourth vehicle may be involved.
The accident was reported just before 4:30 p.m.
Police have shut down the ramp from state Route 4 to Stanley Avenue until further notice.