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Icy roads lead to numerous crashes

Icy roadways have lead to several weather related crashes being reported throughout the Miami Valley on Interstates 675 and I-75 and Interstate 70.

Cold temperatures mixed with windy conditions and a bit of snow flurries we had earlier in the evening are perfect conditions for creating icy roads.

On southbound Interstate 675 just south of the Indian Ripple Road exit, OSP responded to a three car crash with entrapment. A truck and a minivan went off the roadway and down a 40-foot embankment and a third vehicle veered the opposite way into the median.

The occupants of the minivan were trapped and had to be extracted by firefighters that responded to the crash scene. All victims were taken to local hospitals with only minor injuries.

All drivers said they hit black ice, causing them to spin out on the slick interstate.

Authorities are stating that many of the overpasses and bridges are very slick and ice covered.

Salt trucks from ODOT are out and attempting to treat the major roadways, officials said.

State Highway Patrol troopers said most of the accidents tonight have only involved minor injuries. Although salt trucks are attending to area roadways some thoroughfares such as State Route 49 in the eastbound lanes are still slick, troopers added.

Person in jail after I-75 crash, fire

A speeding utility truck collided into the back of a semi tractor on Interstate 75 early this morning before erupting into flames.

Both the Miami County Sheriff's Office and Tipp City Police Department saw the dually utility truck speeding at more than 110 m.p.h. in the southbound lanes of I-75 seconds before it crashed into the back of a semi tractor.

Officers and deputies attempted to pull the truck over but it did not comply.

The crash occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75 about two miles south of the Ohio 571 exit.

19-year-old James McNulty, a Miami County resident, is now in the Miami County Jail and faces charges of fleeing and eluding, OVI and failure to control. McNulty is expected to be arraigned in court Monday morning.

The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for more than two hours while authorities worked to clear the crash scene. The roadway was opened just before 6 a.m.

McNulty was "heavily intoxicated" when the crash occurred and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash before he was taken to the jail, deputies said.

The truck burst into flames after it hit the semi. Police and deputies who saw the crash said McNulty ran into the semi after he was not able to control his vehicle at the high rate of speed.

The Miami County Sheriff's Office is handling the crash investigation.

Dozens treated following I-75 Greyhound bus crash

After a Saturday morning crash where a Greyhound bus overturned off of Interstate 75, one victim from the crash remains in Miami Valley Hospital.

The bus, bound for Detroit with 51 passengers, went off Interstate 75 in the early morning hours Saturday and overturned in a cornfield.

A representative from Miami Valley Hospital confirmed one of the victims remains in the hospital as a patient. Only two people were admitted into the hospital after four patients were taken by CareFlight to from the crash.

Greyhound spokesperson Alexandra Pedrini said that 37 passengers and the driver were transported to six area hospitals.

Greyhound is assisting in the investigation with OSP and is also conducting their own, separate investigation behind the crash.

The bus left the Cincinnati terminal at 2:55 a.m. and was due to arrive in Detroit at 7:15 a.m. with no stops or layovers.

At approximately 3:58 a.m., the bus went off of the highway between a rest area and the Ohio 63 exit at Monroe, the Butler County Sheriff's Department said. The bus landed on its side in a cornfield several hundred yards from the right side of the freeway.

At least 75 emergency responders from Butler and Warren counties were at the scene.

CareFlight and AirCare helicopter units landed on the shut-down lanes of I-75 to transport injured passengers. Triage care was given to some at the scene, said Jeff Galloway of the Butler County Emergency Management team of the Sheriff's Office.

Spokesperson Nancy Thickel said that four patients delivered by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. One male and one female were treated and released, one male was admitted in good condition with bruises and contusions and one female underwent surgery for a broken leg and was admitted.

Pedrini said that Greyhound dispatched a relief bus to pick up the 14 uninjured passengers and a crisis response team to the scene as soon as they got word of the crash.

The relief bus transported the uninjured passengers back to the Cincinnati terminal, where they could catch the next bus to Detroit if they wished, which was scheduled to leave around noon.

If passengers chose to change their plans, that was up to them, she said.

The coach had been inspected 14 days ago by federal inspectors, Pedrini said. They are required by Federal law to be inspected every 12,000 miles.

"All of our drivers also do a pre-trip inspection to make sure the vehicle is road-ready," she said.

The driver involved in Saturday's crash, Dwayne Garrett, had a clean driving record and has been with Greyhound for 15 years.

Lt. Edward Mejia of the State Highway Patrol said the cause of the crash is under investigation. It was deemed a mass casualty incident because of the large number of victims involved.

Passenger William Brown said he was asleep in the bus when it overturned. He was headed to Detroit to visit his family.

"I never thought that I would be part of an incident that occurred, especially today, just trying to get home to see my family," Brown said. "I'm just glad that a lot of people are still alive and okay."

The bus was turned upright around 9:30 a.m. and the highway was reopened around 11 a.m.

Gallery: Greyhound bus crash on I-75

Boeing 777 crashes while landing at SFO

A plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning after its tail came off while it was touching down on the runway.

According to a witness, around 11:20 a.m. the plane was just about to land -- its landing gear had come down -- when the tail of the plane came off.

After wobbling for a minute, the aircraft flipped upside down, coming to a stop on runway on it's back.

The plane, reportedly a Boeing 777, was coming from South Korea, according to flight tracking information.

Check back for more updates.

Area fighters boxing to benefit vets

What I-75 will look like

This computer animation shows what the realignment of I-75 through downtown Dayton will look like.
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