Police identify man killed in I-270 accident

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COLUMBUS (WCHM) — The identity of the deceased driver in Monday afternoon’s fatal car crash on I-270 has been released by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Williams, 47, of Grove City, was driving a 2014 International box truck along eastbound I-270 when his vehicle, along with two others, was struck by an out-of-control dump truck.

I-270 was closed in both directions between I-71 and Alum Creek Drive for most of the afternoon Monday.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 2016 red Kenworth dump truck driven by Charles Reichard, 56, of Johnstown, was traveling westbound on I-270 west of Alum Creek Drive. 

According to police, the driver side front tire to the dump truck blew apart, causing the vehicle to lose control. The dump truck crossed the grass median through the cable barrier and onto the eastbound lanes of I-270.

While in the eastbound lanes, the truck struck three other vehicles: 

— A white 2018 Ford E350 driven by Jordan Daniels, of Reynoldsburg

— A 2017 gray Toyota Camry driven by Reenu Bhagnani, of Columbus

— A white 2014 International box truck driven by Williams

Williams was pronounced dead at Grant Hospital.

Reichard was transported to Grant Hospital and, as of Tuesday, was listed in critical but stable condition.

Bhagnani and her passengers — Dushant Lohano, Kabir Bhagnani, and Alisha Bhanani — were all transported to Children’s hospital in stable condition. No update on their condition was released.

Daniels was uninjured. 

There is no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash, police said.

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