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SIDNEY, Ohio (WCMH) — Hazardous conditions on Ohio roads have led to multiple vehicle crashes, including one with fatalities Saturday morning just north of Dayton.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that four people died after a semi-trailer and two cars crashed on Interstate 75 near mile post 97 in Shelby County at around 8:30 a.m., west of Franklin County.
In a Saturday evening update, OSHP said a tractor-trailer was traveling north on I-75 while two other cars, a GMC Terrain and Ford F-150, were driving south. The tractor-trailer went off the roadway into the median, going through the cable barrier and hitting both the GMC and Ford.
The occupants of the GMC, 32-year-old Lauren Hahn and 63-year-old Kimberly Siegrist, were killed in the crash. 32-year-old Jeremy Boehne, driving the Ford, was also pronounced dead at the scene, per OSHP. The passenger in Boehne’s car, 33-year-old Karen Boehne, was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital before being flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to OSHP, the driver of the tractor-trailer only sustained minor injuries.
This crash is the second quadruple fatal accident in Ohio in the last two days with a crash Friday afternoon on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County also claiming four lives in a 50 car pile-up.
“The road conditions continue to be very dangerous across the state, with white outs and extremely cold temperatures continuing,” DeWine said. “Please continue to remain home if at all possible and be vigilant with these extremely dangerous road conditions.”
In an update posted to Twitter Friday evening, OSHP Sgt. Ryan Purpura similarly warned against driving. He cautioned those who must be on the road to drive slowly, keep a sufficient distance from cars ahead, and use seatbelts.
“The weather outside is not favorable, and often times there are whiteout conditions, which does not make it safe for travel,” Purpura said.