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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:19 PM
— Some drivers say it happened to them on the interstate highway and others said they weren't even moving. But, they all describe the sound the same way.
"All of a sudden we heard what we thought was a gunshot," said Kate Vasiloff, of Virginia.
It was the sound of her sunroof shattering into pieces.
"I was one hundred percent shocked," said Kara Ardron of South Carolina. "My sunroof was in a thousand pieces."
Kate Vasiloff was in her Nissan in Washington D.C. at a stop sign when she heard the sound.
"We finally looked up and opened the visor and the glass fell in on us," said Vasiloff. "God forbid it went into my eyes. I could have swerved into another car. I mean, the possibilities of how bad this could have been are endless."
Consumer Reporters writer Jeff Plungis found nearly 859 similar complaints about exploding sunroofs in the U.S. that involved 35 automakers and more than 200 models.
INVESTIGATION: Reports of exploding sunroofs on the rise
"So this is a widespread problem. It's not confined to just a couple of makes and models," said Plungis. "We feel like these are scary incidents. They're inherently dangerous and the automakers need to step up and be more accountable."
Experts have different theories as to why this is happening. Russ Corsi blames cheaper materials and larger sunroofs on newer models. Corsi is a consultant with 30 years experience in the auto glass industry.
"If it isn't bent property, shaped properly, it's got that opening," said Corsi. "Changes in temperature, thermal changes from hot to cold, cold to hot, cause that glass to try to flex and that could cause it to break."
Corsi is based in Pittsburgh so we asked him to check the sunroof on one of the vehicles at our sister station there. He found a potentially dangerous, 8-inch crack in the sunroof.
"A sudden thermal shock or sudden twist in the body could cause that to blow up," Corsi said.
Some of these cases have sparked lawsuits, recalls, federal safety inspections and U.S. Senate inquiries. Just last month, General Motors launched an internal review.
"You never think it's going to happen to you," said Kara Ardron.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
DAYTON — Dayton police and fire responded to calls of a car fire in the parking lot of Dayton Supply and Tool Sunday.
The call came in around 3:40 a.m. at the location of 140 N. Keowee St. in Dayton.
The driver of the vehicle was the only one involved and not injured.
The cause of the fire was not known.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
— Mostly sunny skies are expected today, which will be a nice day with highs in the lower 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A few more clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 30s.
Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.
Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.
Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 11:51 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:48 AM
— UPDATE @ 12:42 a.m.:
Interstate 75 south of the Austin Landing exit just before the Springboro Franklin exit is now open after being shut down following a vehicle accident.
The single vehicle crash occurred when a car traveling northbound on I-75 drove into the median then into the southbound lane causing the car to flip at least one time, according to troopers.
One male, the driver of the car, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, troopers said.
The southbound lanes were shut down for about an hour.
It is not known what caused the accident.
UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:
The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down due to debris in the roadway following a rollover crash involving more than one vehicle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post.
It is not clear how many people are injured, nor whether any lanes will reopen soon.
The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m. at the 40 milepost, south of the Austin Landing exit just before the Springboro Franklin exit.
Crews were called tonight to a report of an injury crash on in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 south of the Austin Landing exit.
The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m.
According to initial reports, at least one vehicle was on its top.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post is investigating.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:59 a.m.:
There were no reported injuries in a reported shots fired incident at K-9 Club in Dayton.
Crews are on scene of a reported shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton located at 5100 Germantown Pike, according to regional dispatch.
The call came in around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, per initial reports.