OSP: Bellbrook driver cuts off pickup, causing 3-vehicle Franklin crash

UPDATE @ 4 p.m. (June 11):

A 23-year-old man from Bellbrook was cited for failure to yield and improper lane change after he allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident that sent several people to the hospital Sunday night. 

Stephen Yontz, who was driving a Ford Explorer, was driving on Ohio 123 near Shotwell Drive where the four lanes of traffic are reduced to two lanes around 8 p.m. Sunday. 

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Yontz then cut in front of a pickup truck driven by Ashley Williams, 26, of Lebanon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Adam Stabler of the Lebanon Post.

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Yontz’s SUV flipped once but landed on its tires, Stabler said.

The third driver, Mary Kuhn, 17, then hit the two vehicles involved in the accident, Stabler said. 

Speed and driving patterns were factors in the accident, according to Stabler. 

The road was closed for about two hours Sunday, he said. 

All three drivers were treated and released from local hospitals, according to Stabler. 

UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m. (June 10):

A victim involved in the three-vehicle crash on Ohio 123 Sunday evening has been identified.

Seventeen-year-old Mary Kuhn’s Hyundai Elantra was hit head-on as she was traveling north after two vehicles collided on the roadway in the southbound lanes and skidded across the road before being stopped by a guardrail. Her mother, Virginia Kuhn, said she was taken to Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg and is currently in stable condition.

Kuhn said after her daughter wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid the crash and the vehicle ended up on its side following the accident. The car was reportedly totaled.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m., June 10:

A trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said two vehicles crashed and were then hit by a third early Sunday evening.
According to a report, an SUV and a pickup truck were traveling south at Beal Road and Ohio 123 when one vehicle began to make a right-hand turn, but then reportedly switched directions to continue straight. The vehicle behind collided with the first and both drivers reportedly lost control and hit a guardrail in the southbound lane before striking a third vehicle.

Four people were taken to the hospital on non-life threatening injuries; one person was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, and the other three were taken to Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg. 

The road is currently closed on Beal Road and Ohio 123 to Twin Lakes Drive.

FIRST REPORT, June 10: 

We are hearing reports of a four-vehicle crash on Beal Road at Ohio 123, Franklin dispatch confirmed.

Crews were dispatched around 7:50 p.m.

We also have a crew on the way, and will update this page when more information becomes available. 

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