CareFlight crashes, damages sheriff’s cruisers at Butler County fatal crash site

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Careflight helicopter crash investigation

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Indiana woman dies after two pickup trucks collide in Milford Twp.

MILFORD TWP. — One woman is dead and three others hurt following a crash in the early morning hours Tuesday at U.S. 127 and Hamilton Eaton Road.

A blue 1998 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east on Hamilton Eaton Road and proceeded through the intersection into the path of a gray 2013 GMC Sierra headed north on U.S. 127, said Butler County Sheriff’s Capt. Morgan Dallman.

The woman who died was a 69-year-old from Richmond, Ind., who was a rear passenger of the Silverado.

The group in the truck is a family and they were transporting one of the members home from a hospital when they crashed.

A front passenger in the Silverado, a 43-year-old woman, had to be extricated and transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The other two occupants of the Silverado suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

The driver of the Sierra was the only occupant and was not injured.

ExplorePHOTOS: Medical helicopter crashes at fatal crash site in Butler County

A CareFlight medical helicopter that arrived at the scene just before 5 a.m. to transport a victim crashed while landing and took down power lines. Three crew members aboard were taken to area hospitals. By 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, two were released and one was still being evaluated, Premier Health officials said.

In radio traffic released from the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Joe Agnew calls for help ASAP.

“Had a chopper go down here,” Agnew tells dispatchers. “We’ve got wires down. Don’t know if anyone is electrocuted yet.”

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A CareFlight medical helicopter crashed when responding to a fatal truck crash in Milford Twp., Butler County on Tues., July 26, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A CareFlight medical helicopter crashed when responding to a fatal truck crash in Milford Twp., Butler County on Tues., July 26, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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A CareFlight medical helicopter crashed when responding to a fatal truck crash in Milford Twp., Butler County on Tues., July 26, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Two sheriff’s cruisers were damaged when the helicopter made its hard landing — one by debris that shattered a window and the other by downed power lines that fell across it, according to Dallman. A K-9 was in the cruiser with the damaged window, but the dog was not injured.

“With the amount of debris and power lines going down … it is amazing that none of the officers or firefighters were injured,” Dallman said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be working through the investigation process with the other agencies that responded to the fatal crash.

A woman called 911 telling dispatchers,”I am bleeding all over ... I need help.”

Then a male comes on the line saying that was his mother and they were in a crash.

“I am out here with my grandmother and she is not responding too much,” the caller says. He says in addition to him, his grandmother, mother and stepfather were in the crashed vehicle. They all are injured with his mother being pinned inside. He said they had just picked his mother up from the emergency room at Kettering Health Hamilton.

An autopsy is expected to be performed Wednesday after which the identification of the woman killed will be released, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Traffic routes altered following crash

The Butler County Engineer’s Office temporarily opened nearby Huston Road to assist with traffic flow during the emergency closure at U.S. 127. Huston Road has been closed for multiple culvert replacements but will remain open until approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Northbound Eaton Road traffic may detour west on Taylor School Road, north on Huston Road, east on State Route 73, and north on Huston Road. Southbound traffic may reverse this route.

Hamilton Eaton Road is closed from Ritter Street to Jacksonburg Road until the crash scene is cleared.

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