Crashes continue, state wants drivers to slow down at I-75, I-70 ramp

Drivers continue to have problems navigating the northbound Interstate 75 to westbound Interstate 70 ramp in Butler Twp., and officials emphasized that motorists need to reduce their speed there.

The location has had 25 crashes in a four-year period, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, before two more this week.

On Thursday afternoon, a semi-tractor trailer overturned about 12:30 p.m. and, about 90 minutes later, another crash was reported where two vehicles collided near the flyover area. The ramp remained closed until about 3:20 p.m.

Authorities believe speed were factors in both incidents.

No injuries were reported in either collision.

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Late Friday morning, ODOT placed a portable, digital message board on the ramp to remind drivers that the speed limit reduces to 40 mph while on the ramp.

Crashes for the previous four years include nine in 2015, seven in 2016, five in 2017 and four in 2018.

The latest crash, plus a Jan. 14 rollover crash that involved a semi hauling 2,400 feeder pigs, have been reported on this stretch of interstate this year.

An ODOT spokesperson said Thursday there have been discussions about additional measures to remind drivers to slow down, but specifics on what has been suggested were not available.

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