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I-70 East near Clayton reopens after 4-vehicle crash sends child to hospital

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.: All lanes of I-70 East near Clayton are now open again, according to the state patrol.

The lanes reopened about 7:30 p.m., according to patrol dispatch.

UPDATE @ 6:48 p.m.: 

One lane is open on I-70 East near Clayton, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.: 

Four vehicles, including a semitrailer, are involved in the chain-reaction accident that has shut down eastbound I-70 near Clayton.

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The semitrailer ended up in the ditch, on its wheels, when the driver took evasive action to avoid the three vehicles that had crashed in front of him. 

A baby in a car seat from one of the vehicles has been taken to Dayton Children's Hospital for evaluation, according to the state patrol. 

One of the drivers will be cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance, according to the state patrol. 

Eastbound I-70 will remain closed near Clayton at least another 30 minutes.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as five vehicles, including a semitrailer, are involved in a vehicle accident on I-70 East near Clayton in Montgomery County. 

The accident was dispatched as a multiple-injury accident, and we are working to learn more about the people reported to be injured. 

Eastbound traffic is being diverted onto Hoke Road until further notice. 

The semitrailer is in a ditch, on its wheels. 

The accident was reported just after 4:30 p.m. and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are on scene. 

We will update this developing report as we learn more. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

300 gallons of diesel spill on Tennessee interstate after collision

tractor-trailer and another vehicle crashed on a Tennessee interstate near Memphis, causing 300 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the roadway. 

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According to Memphis fire officials, crews were on the scene of I-240 westbound at Airways Boulevard to detour all westbound lanes around the spill. 

Officials said when the vehicles crashed, the fuel tank on the 18-wheeler was ruptured, causing approximately 300 gallons of diesel to spill out. 

Westbound traffic on I-240 was backed up for miles as lanes surrounding the crash were shut down. 

Eastbound traffic was not affected. 

Missing Adult Alert cancelled for northern Ohio man, 79

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: The statewide Missing Adult Alert has been canceled for James Doud, 79, by the Brook Park Police Department, according to a press release. 

Mr. Doud was located safely, the release stated. 

INITIAL REPORT

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 79-year-old northern Ohio man who has not been seen since he left his home Monday afternoon. 

James Doud has Alzheimer's and was last seen about 5 p.m. leaving his residence on Almont Drive in Brook Park, Cuyahoga County. 

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He is 6-feet-tall, about 200 pounds, has gray hair and blue eyes. He was believed to have been wearing a brown T-shirt and demin jeans. 

Authorities believe he was last seen driving a blue 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis bearing Ohio license plate GHW 9939. 

Call or dial 911 if you see Doud or the car. Call 866-693-9171 for the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit or 911 to be transferred to the Brook Park Police Department.

Man killed in single-vehicle crash in West Milton identified

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (July 31): 

The man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Hayes Street in West Milton Monday night has been identified as Michael Close, 60, of West Milton, according to Miami County Coroner William Ginn. 

Additional details were not available. 

UPDATE @ 10:53 p.m. (July 30):

A 60-year-old man killed tonight in the vehicle accident may have suffered a medical emergency, but officials won't know for sure until an autopsy is performed, West Milton Police Chief Harry Busse said. 

The man, whose name will be released pending notification of his kin, slammed into a utility pole as he was heading west on Hayes Street, the chief said. A witness thought the car was about to make a turn in the area of North Jay Street, just west of state Route 571, the chief said. 

SEE ALSO: Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for 79-year-old

A Miami County Coroner's investigator pronounced the man dead at the scene. He has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, but Miami County is in charge of the case.

INITIAL REPORT

Police are investigating a fatal, single-vehicle accident in the Miami County village of West Milton. 

The accident was reported just before 8:30 p.m. in the area of Hayes and North Jay streets, just west of state Route 571. 

SEE ALSO: Police seek info on woman found in vehicle

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

28-year-old woman identified as victim in Auglaize County crash

UPDATE @ 11:56 a.m.: The victim of a fatal accident near St. Johns Twp. has been identified as Brittney Schankle.

The 28-year-old Canton woman died after a collision with a semi-truck on U.S. 33 late Thursday, according to the Ohio State Patrol Wapakoneta post.

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The driver of the semi-truck was treated on the scene and released, according to patrol.

UPDATE @ 4:35 a.m.: U.S. 33 has reopened in both directions following a fatal crash that occurred at the State Route 65 intersection near St. Johns Twp. in Auglaize County. 

UPDATE @ 3:50 a.m: The driver of a minivan was killed after a head-on collision involving a semitrailer occurred on U.S. 33 near St. Johns Twp. in Auglaize County late Thursday night.

SEE ALSO: Dayton woman, 60, killed in I-75 crash in Shelby County

According to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wapakoneta Post, around midnight the minivan driver was traveling eastbound on U.S. 33 when it went left of center. This caused the van to make head-on impact with a semitrailer that was traveling westbound near the intersection of State Route 65. 

The driver of the minivan was pronounced dead on scene. An Auglaize County coroner's investigator responded to the incident.

No word if the semi-truck driver suffered injuries due to the crash. 

U.S. 33 has been closed in both directions for nearly four hours.

The crash remains under investigation.

The identity of the minivan driver was not immediately available. 

INITIAL REPORT

One person has been killed in a reported head-on collision involving a car and a semitrailer on state Route 65 North and U.S. 33, in St. Johns Twp. east of Wapakoneta, in Auglaize County.

U.S. 33 is closed in both directions until further notice, according to a dispatcher with the Ohio State Highway Patrol post at Wapakoneta.

The accident was reported about midnight. 

An Auglaize County coroner's investigator is on scene. We're hearing the person killed is a female who was in the car. There is no word about the truck driver. 

We're working to learn more about this incident. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

1 reported injured 5-vehicle crash on state Route 4 in Bath Twp., Greene County

One person has been taken to a hospital from a five-vehicle accident on state Route 4 North in the area of Huffman MetroPark.

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The person taken to a hospital had to be extricaed from the wreckage, which has caused the Ohio State Highway Patrol to shut down the section of highway until further notice. 

The accident was dispatched just before 6 p.m. 

We will update this developing report. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com  

3 killed when bus, 3 vehicles collide on New Mexico interstate

Three people were killed and 22 were injured in a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles early Sunday on a New Mexico interstate, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The crash, which involved the bus, a semi trailer, a passenger vehicle and a pickup truck, closed I-25 in both directions, KOAT reported.

The interstate was closed north of Bernalillo after the vehicles collided around 2:25 a.m. Sunday, according to the Rio Rancho Fire Department.

Thirty-eight people were treated at the scene, KOB reported. Of the 22 people taken to the hospital, four were in critical condition, KOAT reported.

The bus overturned on the northbound lane of the interstate, Rio Rancho Fire Battalion Chief Richard Doty told KOAT. The driver of the semi was removed from his vehicle, Doty said.

The number of injuries is unknown.

Getting a new driver’s license? You’ll have to wait

Ohioans are no longer be able to get their driver’s licenses on the same day they’re issued.

Instead, they have to wait no more than 10 days to receive their licenses in the mail. According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, this will make the system more secure and comply with federal regulations.

Ohioans won’t be without a license in the meantime — they will be issued a temporary identification form on-site that will expire 45 days after it’s issued.

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“The extra level of security provided through centralized card production provides greater protection against counterfeiting and complies with all state and federal security standards,” Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Spokesperson Lindsey Bohrer said.

The new driver’s licenses and identification cards have a different look and offer different options to recipients. Ohioans can chose between federally compliant licenses and non-compliant licenses, which are called standard.

Compliant identification licenses require more forms on the application end, but they then can be used to fly commercially or to access federal facilities or military bases, according to the BMV. To do those things with a standard license, or non-compliant identification form, residents will need to have with them another form of identification, like a passport.

Drivers who want to renew a standard license will need to take their existing license or ID card to the BMV.

Bohrer said that while Ohioans won’t get their licenses at their local BMV anymore, they’ll still register and go through the process there.

Those who select a compliant identification will need to have some extra information with them, including documents to prove their full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, proof of Ohio residency proof of legal presence.

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The change is a jump-start to meet new federal travel requirements going into effect in 2020, according to the BMV. Ohio licenses issued before July 2, 2018, will not be accepted by the TSA after October 1, 2020, and the BMV encourages Ohioans to renew their licenses early to avoid travel conflicts.

“If you want to be able to use your DL-ID to board a plane after October 1, 2020, renew early and follow the guidelines for issuance of a compliant card,” a statement on the BMV’s website reads.

There’s no extra cost for compliant licenses. A star in the upper-right corner of the licenses will designate compliant licenses, according to the BMV.

Forty-one other states provided licenses and identification cards through the mail, this publication previously reported.

New law allows Ohio drivers to run red lights with specific restrictions

A new state law in Ohio allows drivers to go through red lights in certain situations, but police are cautioning motorists.

The new state law allows drivers to go through red lights if the light isn’t working properly and only if the intersection is clear of oncoming traffic. Police said drivers still need to stop, and they can’t drive through a red light just because they are in a hurry.

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"This is about safety," Kettering, Ohio, police Officer John Jung said. "We don’t want the driver to approach a red light, wait for a couple of seconds and determine that it is malfunctioning and then blow through a red light. You still have to proceed with caution."

Jung said city traffic laws are not always the same as state laws, so drivers need to make sure the law applies to the city in which they are driving. 

If a driver does go through a red light, he or she has the burden to prove it that was malfunctioning. 

"If they cause a traffic accident and it turns out the light was working properly, they will be the at-fault driver," Jung said.

Driving instructors said the new law has caused some confusion, with instructors needing to tell new drivers that it isn’t a free pass to run every light.

"This isn’t going to be an everyday occurrence," said D&D Driving School training manager Brent Praeter. "This isn’t something they need to do commonly at intersections when the light is red and feel (they) like they have been sitting for too long."

If a motorist does come across a light that isn’t working, he or she is advised to call police.

Pothole damage costs drivers $3B a year, AAA says

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A new study from AAA reveals that pothole damage has cost drivers around the country $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years.

“Area drivers get that sinking feeling every time they hit a pothole,” AAA spokesperson Cindy Antrican said in a release. “They know there’s a price to pay, and 16 million drivers across the country have had to pay for pothole damage to their vehicles in the last five years.”

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According to AAA’s survey, middle- and lower-income individuals are the most worried about potholes, with the majority of respondents in households having annual incomes under $75,000 expressing the highest levels of concern over damaged roadways.

This is likely due in part to the financial impact, as pothole damage can lead to expensive and extensive vehicle repairs.

“On average, American drivers report paying $300 to repair pothole-related vehicle damage,” Antrican said. “Adding to the financial frustration, those whose vehicles incurred this type of damage had it happen frequently, with an average of three times in the last five years.”

To minimize vehicle damage, AAA urges drivers to ensure tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth, as they are the only cushion between a pothole and the vehicle.

If a pothole strike is inevitable, it is also critical that drivers slow down, release the brakes and straighten steering before making contact with the pothole.

To avoid potholes in the roadway, drivers should remain alert, scan the road and increase following distances behind the vehicle ahead.

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