Three dead in fiery crash

UNION TOWNSHIP — Three people are dead following a head-on crash on State Route 49 on Saturday.

Robby Ruckel, 49, the driver of a Ford Edge SUV and his father Luther, 75, both from Lewis County, Ky., were pronounced dead at the scene. Also killed and pronounced dead at the scene was Dean Davis, 57, of Pitsurg. Davis was the driver of a Chevrolet van.

First responders were dispatched to State Route 49 south of State Route 721 in the southwest corner of Miami County at 9:20 p.m. Saturday on the report of a two-vehicle crash.

Minutes later, dispatchers at Miami County 9-1-1 told responding units that at least one vehicle was on fire and witnesses believed that no victims got out of either vehicle.

Fire units from West Milton, Laura, and Ludlow Falls responded, as did Union Township Life Squad.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Todd Tennant said their investigation indicates that the van, driven by Davis, went left of center, striking the SUV head-on, then caught fire.

Tennant said that there is evidence of alcohol at the scene, but it does not appear at this point to have been a factor in Davis driving left of center. Tennant said investigators are looking at driver inattention as a factor in the crash.

A crash reconstruction team from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

State Route 49 re-opened to traffic at 1:10 a.m. Sunday morning.