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Blanchester resident killed in crash involving 5 vehicles

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DAYTON — A 20-year-old Blanchester resident was killed Friday in a five-vehicle crash in Butler Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s (OSHP) Dayton Post.

Robyn Birzer has been identified as the person who died in the 2:45 p.m. crash on Interstate 75 at Interstate 70.

Preliminary investigation shows that a Freightliner tractor-trailer set, driven by Lilemon J. Ferguson, 59, Columbus, was driving down the ramp from westbound I-70 to northbound I-75 when the vehicle exited the left side of the ramp, through the gore and into the northbound lanes of I-75, where it struck three vehicles: a Freightliner tractor-trailer set, driven by Ntunzwenimana M. Mathieu, 38 , Dallas; a Honda Civic, driven by Clayton A. Barhorst, 23, Lebanon; and a Ford Escape, driven by Birzer.

After hitting the three northbound vehicles, the Freightliner struck the median concrete barrier wall, where debris struck a southbound Chevrolet Camaro driven by Terrance L. Toth, 71, Tipp City. The Freightliner operated by Ferguson and the Ford Escape driven by Birzer both caught fire, according to OSHP.

Ferguson, Mathieu and Barhorst suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported by land ambulance to Miami Valley Hospital. Toth was not injured. Birzer suffered fatal injuries at the scene, according to OSHP.

Soldiers were assisted at the scene by Harrison Township Fire Department, Vandalia Police Division, Huber Heights Police Division, Huber Heights Fire Division, Township Police Department of Butler, Butler Township Fire Department, Tipp City Fire Department, Englewood Truck Towing and Recovery, Hollis Towing, Sandy Towing and Recovery, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and Department of Ohio Transportation.

The northbound lanes of I-75 reopened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and southbound lane restrictions remained in place until about 2:20 a.m., when all lanes and ramps were reopened and the scene has been cleared.

The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time, according to OSHP.

Anyone with information regarding this crash investigation is asked to call the Dayton Post at (937) 832-4794.



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