MIAMI COUNTY — A crash that caused a truck to roll over on the northbound side of Interstate 75 in Miami County had the highway down to one lane and traffic backed up for miles on Friday in the late morning and early part of the afternoon.
The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. on the northbound side of I-75 near County Road 25-A, near the 78-mile marker.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a truck hauling water began to slow down and a second truck behind it could not slow down in time. That second truck swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash, but hit the water truck, forcing it into the median, where it came to rest. The second truck rolled onto its side in the northbound lanes of I-75.
Staff Lt. Ray Martin of Ohio State Highway Patrol, District 5, said the first crash then led to additional crashes as drivers not paying attention to what was in front of them began to hit each other.
“We started to get other crashes, in both directions,” said Martin, “Over a period of about three hours we had 11 different crash calls, which we (OSP) handled eight and other organizations handled three. Each one of the them was basically, ACDA (Assured Clear Distance Ahead) was the primary offense where people just weren’t paying attention or were going too fast. They were running into each other one after another, after another. So, that was the crux of what was going on out there today.”
There were no injuries from the primary crash, although, Martin said, one driver did need to be extricated from his overturned truck. Of the other crashes, there were two minor injuries reported.
Traffic in the area was backed up for miles, as far back as Tipp City. Troy police responded to at least two of the crashes and were alerted, at one point, of motorists attempting to back up ramps in an attempt to avoid the the traffic back-up.
The city of Piqua and other area side roads became congested as drivers looked to find their way around the crashes.
Law enforcement agencies had traffic flowing again by mid-afternoon.
Mike Ullery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 451-3335. Daily Call news partner WDTN contributed to this story.