A semi was traveling on northbound Interstate 75 Friday afternoon when it crashed into two vehicles, closing the highway between Ohio 129 and Ohio 63 for two hours. One person suffered minor injuries from the crash.
Carlos Rogers, 38, of Bethlehem, Pa., failed to stop the semi after two cars crashed in front of him. Rogers swerved the commercial truck before hitting a 2007 Toyota Avalon driven by Lois Hubbard, 78, of Franklin and a 2014 Subaru Outback driven by Ricky Holmes, 48, of Vicksburg, Mich.
Hubbard suffered minor injuries and was transported to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. After the accident, Hubbard was entrapped in her car. Police said that it took 10-to-15 minutes to cut off her door and get her out of the vehicle.
Holmes and Rogers did not suffer any injuries.
Holmes was the only driver who received a citation for assured clear distance ahead. Holmes was changing lanes and got behind Hubbard’s sedan when he looked down at his speedometer, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. That was when he crashed into Hubbard’s car. Rogers then struck both cars.
“It could have been much worse,” OSHP Sgt. Dexter Howard said. “Luckily, the semi had the time to swerve a bit before hitting both cars. If that hadn’t happened, it definitely would have been worse.”
The accident was first reported at 12:35 p.m. and the highway was reopened around 2:30.