Speed of 150 mph
in fatal collision on I-275
Source: The Cincinnati
Author: Jennifer Edwards
— A fatal crash involving several vehicles on Interstate 275 Thursday
afternoon shut down both sides of the highway between the Reed Hartman
Highway and U.S. 42 exits for hours, snarling traffic for miles.
R. Harley, 23, of Loveland, was killed about 3 p.m. when he lost control
of his Pontiac Trans-Am in the westbound lanes, crossed the median and
slammed head-on into a tanker truck carrying 77,000 pounds of sulfuric
acid, said Sharonville Police Sgt. Mark Preuss.
Harley, an active Air Force reservist, was going about 150 mph when he
hit the truck, Sgt. Preuss said. A female passenger in Mr. Harley's car
had to be extracted by rescue workers and was taken to Bethesda North
was one of the worst (wrecks) I have ever seen,” Sgt. Preuss said.
“You can see how one person can ruin everybody's day.” Mr. Harley's
vehicle also hit several other cars, trapping at least six people who
had to be freed by rescue workers. Most had serious injuries and were
taken to hospitals, Sgt. Preuss said. Further details weren't available
the truck was carrying hazardous material and the crash scene was close
to neighborhoods and Sharon Woods Park and Lake, police shut down the
highway in both directions. None of the acid leaked from the truck, Sgt.
diverted motorists off westbound I-275 at Reed Hartman Highway. Lanes in
both directions were reopened by 9 p.m.
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