Victims identified in fatal crash on Ohio 129

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LIBERTY TWP. — One person is dead and two others are injured following a three-vehicle accident on one of Butler County’s main roadways.

Just before 5 p.m. Friday near the Ohio 747 interchange with Ohio 129, a green, two-door Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Rudy Waits, 47, of Mt. Orab, was traveling west on Ohio 129 toward Hamilton lost control, crossed the median and went into oncoming eastbound traffic, said Butler County Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Mike Nutt.

The Cavalier struck a gray Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle head-on, ejecting Waits through the rear window of the Cavalier, Nutt said. He was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

The Suburban then went airborne, striking another vehicle — a Toyota Sienna van — and landed on its roof, Nutt said. The Cavalier’s front end was destroyed, with its engine and front-end axle landing approximately 20 to 30 feet away from the vehicle.

The accident caused the highway to shut down in both directions for more than four hours.

Of the two male occupants in the Suburban, the driver, Greg Pilot of Blanchester, suffered “serious visible injuries” and the passenger, Roger Warwick, also of Blanchester, suffered “moderate” injuries, Nutt said. Piloy was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown and was then flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, according to Nutt.

The two females occupants of the Sienna, Dorothy Edgerton and daughter Chloe, were not injured.

The Butler County coroner responded to the scene and the accident remains under investigation. Deputies interviewed one witness, but could not determine the cause of the crash, Nutt said.

“We don’t really know the cause. I don’t want to even speculate on what the reason was, it could’ve been a lot of things,” Nutt said.

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