Woman killed in 3-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Salem Avenue identified

One dead after 3-car crash in Trotwood

UPDATE @3:36 a.m. 11/15/17: The person killed in a crash Tuesday night has been identified.

Theresa Abell, 64, of Dayton, was killed in the crash, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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UPDATE @ 9:51 p.m. 11/14/17: Speed is a factor in a three-vehicle, chain-reaction accident that left one person dead and sent one person to a hospital, Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson said.

According to the preliminary investigation, two vehicles headed south in the 5900 block of Salem Avenue (state Route 49) had just crossed East Westbrook Road when one rear-ended the other at high speed, Wilson said.

The vehicle that was rear-ended was pushed left of center and into the path of a vehicle headed north on Salem, causing a second collision.

The vehicle hit from behind continued down an embankment, the chief said.

A male who was driving the car that started the chain-reaction has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he'll be given tests for drugs and/or alcohol, Chief Wilson said.

The fatality, a woman, was in the vehicle that was pushed onto northbound Salem Avenue.

The third victim, in the vehicle northbound on Salem, was not injured.

No names, hometowns or ages have been released.

Wilson said a traffic reconstruction unit will handle the overall investigation.

UPDATE @ 8:51 p.m.:

At least one person has been killed in the three-vehicle accident in the 5900 block of Salem Avenue (state Route 49) at East Westbrook Road, in Trotwood.


A multiple-vehicle accident in Trotwood, believed to have produced serious to critical injuries, has shut down traffic in the areas of Salem Avenue, Olive and East Westbrook roads.

Crews have been on the scene of the accident since about 7:15 p.m. Callers have told this newsroom that they believe the accident has resulted in at least one fatality.

We have a crew trying to get to the scene, which is believed to be at or near the 5900 block of Salem Avenue at East Westbrook Road.

Traffic has been cut off on northbound Salem Avenue at Olive Road, as well as along Westbrook Road.

We will update this developing report.

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