Firefighter whose leg was amputated after crash remains in critical condition

Published: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:34 PM
Updated: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 6:52 AM

Springfield Twp. firefighter injured in crash ID'd

A Springfield Twp. volunteer firefighter had to have his leg amputated after a car hit him and pinned him against a vehicle from an earlier collision, where he was trying to rescue a trapped driver.

  • The firefighter is David Noble, 72
  • He was working a two-car crash when third car slid into wreckage
  • He remained in critical, but stable, condition Friday morning


UPDATE @6:50 a.m. 11/2

David Noble remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.: Springfield Twp. staff members have come together to support firefighter David Noble, 72, who remained in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital as of Thursday evening. 

"I know he's a very active individual, very fit," said Mike Hively, Springfield Twp. fiscal officer. 

Noble has been a volunteer firefighter with the department for a year and a half, Hively said, and is a hard worker. He's retired from the Air Force and a rescue diver. 

Hively called Noble's wife, who is the township's office manager, to see how he's doing. 

"We support them 100 percent," Hively said. "We're behind them." 

He's concerned about firefighters when they respond to scenes, he said, because he knows the dangers they face. 

"I worry about these guys," he said.

UPDATE @ 1:29 p.m.:

The Springfield Twp. firefighter, David Noble, 72, who had to have his leg amputated after becoming pinned in wreckage, is a volunteer for the department and an Air Force veteran.

Mike Hively, a Springfield Twp. fiscal officer, said Noble is extremely active and well known in the diving community. 

Noble is listed in stable but critical condition. 

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m. (Nov. 2)

The firefighter injured in a Springfield Twp. crash Wednesday night has been identified.

David E. Noble, 72, of Springfield, is listed in critical but stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

Sgt. Jason Cadle with the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post said he had have a leg amputated.

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According to the officials, Noble was on the scene of a crash on U.S. 68 where a Suburban was facing facing southbound in northbound lanes. As Noble was attempting to help the driver out of the Suburban, a blue Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on U.S. 68 ran into him, pinning him against the Suburban.

The driver of the Suburban, Jo Ellen Stringer, 48, of Springfield, was treated and released from Springfield Regional Hospital. The driver of the Cobalt, identified as Devin A. Smith, 27, of Springfield, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.


A firefighter hit by a car while on scene of a crash has lost his leg to amputation, said Sgt. Jason Cadle with the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post.

The firefighter, whose name and age have not been released, was standing by one of the vehicles in an initial crash between a pickup truck and large SUV at Fairfield Pike and U.S. 68 north.

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The firefighter became pinned between one of the two vehicles from the initial collision and a third vehicle that “slid through” the accident scene just after 10 p.m.

The firefighter was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after first being taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, the sergeant said. 

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The two people in the initial accident are believed to have suffered minor injuries. They have been taken to Springfield regional, he said. That accident involved a failure to yield at Fairfield Pike/U.S. 68 North intersection, he said.

Cadle said that according to the preliminary investigation, there was no sign of impairment on the part of the driver who hit the firefighter. 

But, Cadle said, the investigations into the accidents are not complete.

U.S. 68 was closed in both directions while the crash was investigated. 

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 5:55 AM

Video shows Prince William appearing to struggle to stay awake during a service at Westminster Abbey Wednesday. 

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Crews respond to Dayton gas station on stabbing report

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 5:21 AM

Police and medics are responding to a reported stabbing on Linden Avenue.

Crews responded to the Marathon Station in the 3400 block of Linden Avenue around 5 a.m., but are working to learn where exactly the stabbing took place.

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Extra police presence at area high school today after social media threat

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:07 AM

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There will be extra police presence today at Middletown High School after a threat was made on social media.

Three middle school students have been detained for a video posted to Snapchat that threatened violence against the high school, according to a post on the Middletown City Schools Facebook page.

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Any student absences will be excused, according to the post.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:06 AM

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

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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  • Red Stewart Airfield (Waynesville Airport) and State Route 725, lane closures April 23 - 27 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
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  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 


  • State Route 320 at Cedar Springs Road, ROAD CLOSURE for a mudslide until further notice.



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  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • SR 49 between Hollansburg-Sampson Road and Arcanum Bears Mill Road, Lane closure April 16 - May 16. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of portable signal.


  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
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  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
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