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Tipp City man hit by train remains in critical condition

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:39 PM
Updated: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

FROM SCENE: Man in critical condition after struck by freight train in Tipp City

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. (Dec. 8): 

A Tipp City man remains in critical condition after he was hit by a CSX freight train while walking on the tracks Thursday night. 

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The victim, identified Friday as Jesse Hereford, 26, was clipped by the train near Crane Road around 9 p.m. Thursday and remains at Miami Valley Hospital. 

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The train’s engineer told investigators Hereford was walking on the tracks and started to step off as the train approached, but wasn’t able to in time and was hit. 

Investigators said beer cans were found at the scene and believe Hereford might have been intoxicated. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and CSX. 

UPDATE @ 11:40 p.m. (Dec. 7): 

The man hit by a CSX freight train was walking north -- not south as previously reported -- and was wearing earbuds as the southbound train headed toward him, its horn blaring and headlight shining.

Miami County Sheriff's investigators also said they found beer cans at the scene and believe the man may have been intoxicated. 

That's the latest assessment in the continuing investigation, investigators said.

A CSX official said the train was headed to Louisville, Ky., when it struck the man. The two-person crew was not injured.

The train consisted of two locomotives, 13 cars of mixed freight and 87 empty cars, the CSX official said.

“Out thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this,” the official said. “We appreciate the fast response of the law enforcement and medical personnel.”

UPDATE @ 10:24 p.m.: 

Investigators are working to determine why a man was walking on or along railroad tracks in Tipp City when he was hit by a CSX freight train, Miami County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Slusher said. 

"I have no idea why he was even on the tracks nor why he didn't step out of the way," Sgt. Slusher said. 

Personnel aboard the CSX train notified the sheriff's office about the incident, Slusher said. 

He said the railroad crossing at Crane Road will remain shut down until the sheriff's investigation is completed.

UPDATE @ 10:03 p.m.: 

The person hit by a freight train in Tipp City is a 26-year-old city man, who has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. 

The victim is believed to be in critical condition, according to a Miami County Sheriff's deputy. 

According to the initial investigation, the deputy said, the man was walking south when he was struck by the southbound freight train. 

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The deputy said the engineer told authorities he was sounding the train's horn but the man apparently did not respond to the sound. 

The man ended up a few feet from the train after impact, the deputy said. 

The investigation is continuing at the scene on Crane Road, east of the railroad crossing gate near an industrial area where Crane becomes North Third Street as you head south toward Tipp City.


Law enforcement, medic units and CareFlight have been called to Tipp City for a reported pedestrian-train accident. 

A Miami County Sheriff's Dispatch 9-1-1 supervisor tells us the incident was reported just before 9 p.m. at the railroad crossing on Crane Road. 

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A News Center 7 viewer who said he was near Tippecanoe High School, just west of Crane Road, reported seeing several law enforcement vehicles at the rail crossing. 

We're also hearing that CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:04 PM

Damaging winds and flooding the main threat.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight. 

The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight. 

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  • Isolated strong to severe storms possible 
  • Flash Flood Watch for northern counties until midnight
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY:Partly to mostly cloudy skies today, warm and humid with highs around 80 degrees. As an area of low pressure pushes closer to the Miami Valley, some afternoon showers and storms develop. Some isolated strong to severe storms are possible. Weather hazards included localized heavy rain and strong winds. Rainfall could lead to minor flooding. Cities and towns north of I-70 are under a Flash Flood Watch until midnight. Although the chances are very low, a brief spin-up can't be ruled out. Showers and storms will taper through the evening and overnight. Staying mild tonight with lows in the middle 60s.-

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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Trotwood school board appoints member to fill vacancy until 2019

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

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A longtime Trotwood resident and retired Trotwood-Madison Schools teacher has joined the school board.

Michael Andrews was sworn in Thursday night during the Trotwood-Madison City school board's business meeting. He will fill the balance of Boy Hastings's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019. 

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Andrews also will serve as a liaison on the Trotwood-Madison Educational Foundation committee. 

Andrews retired from the school system in 2011 after 30 years of serving the elementary and middle school levels. He earned his Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Central State University, and a Master in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

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Since retiring from education, Andrews has served as a team leader for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 

"He brings a unique perspective to the Board, having been directly involved in our school system as an educator," President Denise Moore said.

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Don’t miss this week’s episode of Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Kirstie Zontini joins us back on ground to talk about her flight with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels! She talked with Lt. Andre Webb who is Blue Angel number 7. He is the narrator for the team and an advanced pilot. Webb is from Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated from the U.S. Naval academy in 2008. 


“I still can’t believe I was able to fly with the best of the best!” said Zontini. 


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Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini also talk about what planets to look for in June and explain precipitable water.


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BODY CAM: Police, fire rescue trash truck driver after he hit Xenia nursing home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Xenia Trash Truck Body Cam

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m. (June 22):

Body camera footage obtained through a public records request shows police and fire personnel rushing to help a trash truck driver for Rumpke who crashed into a Xenia nursing home.

Timothy Plemons, 58, of Dayton, suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to a crash report.

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No citations have been issued in the crash, according to the report.

The report shows that Plemons was driving northwest on a private driveway when he drove of the left side of the road.  Plemons then drove off the right side of the road before he hit a tree and the building, the report shows.

Xenia police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. (June 21): The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning. 

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The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured. 

"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said. 

This is the damage done to the Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Xenia when a Rumpke trash truck crashed into it Thursday morning. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building." 

He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped. 

There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.

There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.: 

A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.

No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m. 

A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

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A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor,  711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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