By Melody Vallieu
TROY — An intoxicated man caused a four-car pile up and the closing of the highway Saturday night.
According to Ohio State High Patrol Trooper Tyler Ray, a report of a man walking down the middle lane of Interstate 75 near the County Road 25-A exit in Troy came in at 8:21 p.m. Saturday night.
Ray said by the time he arrived at the location, a four-car crash already had occurred as a result of traffic slowing to avoid hitting the man.
Ray said the person in the first vehicle that started the crash was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, while two people in the second car related to the crash were taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Ray said none of the victims names or conditions have been released, as the investigation continues.
The intoxicated man, whose name also isn’t being released at this time, was transported to the Miami County Jail by a Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Ray said. Ray said not only is walking on the highway against the law, but there is a special specification in the law for those who also are intoxicated.
Ray said the man is being charged with intoxicated pedestrian on the highway and disorderly conduct.
Ray said the man had multiple stories about how he ended up on the highway, which are still being unraveled as the investigation continues.
The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for approximately an hour and 20 minutes as the result of the crash, according to Ray.