STAUNTON TOWNSHIP — One person was killed and another injured in a crash on southbound Interstate 75 on Wednesday.
First responders were dispatched to southbound I-75, just south of the southbound rest area, near the 80 mile marker, at 3:12 p.m.
The crash occurred in a construction zone when the driver of a southbound Kia made “an abrupt turn off the left side of the roadway” striking the rear of a large commercial truck that was stopped off the left shoulder of the highway. The commercial truck was not occupied at the time and no highway workers were injured.
Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Joe Gebhart said one person, a 76-year-old female driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 70-year-old male passenger was transported by Troy Fire Department medics to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The victims are believed to be from Toledo.
A press release from OSP states, “Both occupants were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash and the causative factor for the crash remains under investigation.”
The name of the victim and the passenger have not been released pending notification of family.
Troopers were assisted on the scene by crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, and Troy Fire Department.
Southbound lanes of I-75 were down to one lane for approximately three hours.
The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.