UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: The driver of the semitrailer in the multi-vehicle chain-reaction accident on U.S. 35 West is at fault, a trooper said about the preliminary investigation.
Whether that person will be cited in the five-vehicle crash will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation.
A trooper on scene said the issue is one of driver inattention.
The driver of the semitrailer was the only person not injured in the accident. According to the trooper, two of the five people taken to hospitals have serious injuries.
U.S. 35 West remains shut down at 5:45 p.m., from West Main Street at Progress Drive, as the on-scene investigation continues. Eastbound U.S. 35 is open, as is Trebein Road.
UPDATE @ 4:27 p.m.: Five people were taken to hospitals, including two by CareFlight, as traffic remains slow on U.S. 35 West and the Ohio Highway Patrol investigates the multiple-vehicle crash.
A semitrailer was among five vehicles that collided in a chain-reaction crash on 35 West at Trebein Road, according to Beavercreek Deputy Fire Chief Scott Dorsten.
Eastbound lanes were briefly closed as CareFlight sent two medical helicopters to the scene.
Two people with serious injuries were extricated from one of the vehicles and they were flown to Miami Valley Hospital, Dorsten said.
Two people were taken to Kettering Medical Center by squad and one was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by squad.
At least one westbound lane was expected to reopen to traffic during the afternoon commute, but Trebein Road is expected to be closed until further notice.
UPDATE @ 3:52 p.m.: Two CareFlight helicopters are on the ground, blocking traffic on U.S. 35 in both directions.
A multiple-vehicle crash has shut down U.S. 35 West at Trebein Road in Beavercreek.
Injuries were reported in the incident, which happened around 3:20 p.m.
We’re working to learn more and will provide updates as more information becomes available.
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