Stranded on the highway? Here's what to do

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Motorists drive by orange barrels Monday, April 7, 2007 near the Ohio 129 on ramp to Interstate 75 in Westchester township in Butler County. Police have begun stepping up patrols in the construction areas of I-75. Staff photo by Gary Stelzer
Motorists drive by orange barrels Monday, April 7, 2007 near the Ohio 129 on ramp to Interstate 75 in Westchester township in Butler County. Police have begun stepping up patrols in the construction areas of I-75. Staff photo by Gary Stelzer(Gary Stelzer/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL)

A Kettering woman was injured this week after two separate vehicles struck her on Interstate 70 while she was on foot, reportedly running across the highway with a gas can in her hand. 

Here’s what to do if you find yourself stranded on the side of a road or interstate:

  • Call 9-1-1 for police assistance, or your roadside assistance such as AAA, if you have one
  • If you can, guide your vehicle to the far right shoulder, as far off the road as possible
  • Turn on emergency flashers immediately to alert other motorists

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  • If you cannot guide the vehicle to side of road, consider leaving the vehicle. Do not stand near the front or rear of the vehicle in case it is struck by another vehicle

“If you do exit the car, walk in safe places. An interstate or highway is not a safe place to walk. Crossing an interstate or highway is never a good idea. Traffic is traveling at a high rate of speed,” according to AAA Miami Valley & Northwest Ohio.

  • If you’re out of fuel, consider calling roadside assistance such as AAA which provides limited fuel delivery, or use an app such as Honk for gas delivery or Uber for a ride away from the scene

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  • Make note of your location by uses mile markers, landmarks, road signs or buildings
  • If you do walk on foot, don’t do so distracted by texting or using headphones

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    Heat, humidity, possible storms through Memorial Day

    Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
    Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

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    • Warm and dry day
    • Few storms over the weekend
    • Hot and humid through Memorial Day

    >> 5-Day Forecast


    TODAY: Clear skies this morning, and expect highs to soar into the mid-80s. Sunshine and a few clouds for the day with a very high UV Index with elevated tree and grass pollen counts. A Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties. Overall dry day and night.

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    SATURDAY: Some passing clouds with it being very warm and muggy. Highs peak in the upper 80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Expect sunshine and a few clouds, but we could see a passing shower or storm during the day.

    SUNDAY: A mostly dry day with sunshine and a few clouds. Warmer and still muggy with a heat index reaching the low 90s as the actual air temperature peaks around 90 degrees.  

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    MEMORIAL DAY: Sunny and very warm and muggy with highs around 90 degrees. The heat index value reaches in the mid 90s. There’s a very low chance for a shower or storm with most areas being dry. Fun fact: The warmest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees from 1895!

    TUESDAY: A dry start with highs well above normal again. Highs reach in the upper 80s with sun and clouds. There’s a chance for an afternoon pop up storm. 

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    Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

    Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
    Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM

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    An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.

    With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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    Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.

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    To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days: 

    • AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool or take the bus, or for short trips, walk or ride a bike. 
    • REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AFTER 8 P.M., or if possible, don’t refuel at all when Air Pollution Advisory notices have been issued. Also, make sure your gas cap fits tightly. 
    • IF YOU MUST DRIVE, combine errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. 
    • DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows. 
    • AROUND THE HOME, limit use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers and trimmers. 
    • MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form. 

    For more information about air pollution, visit for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.

    In Butler and Warren counties, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service.

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    Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood

    Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

    SCENE: Coroner responds to fiery crash in Trotwood

    The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

    The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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    This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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    1 ejected, 4 injured when car fleeing troopers loses control, overturns

    Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
    Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

    UPDATE @3:48 a.m.

    Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.

    The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.

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    The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.

    One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

    It’s unknown why the car fled.

    The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.


    A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.

    The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.

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    We’re on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details.

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