WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) - 2 NEWS On Assignment looked at the same video state investigators are using to help determine what went wrong early July 13 in a construction zone in West Carrollton.
Two cars crashed off the interstate near the Dixie Drive exit. The driver of one of those cars, Charles Rice, died. One of his passengers, Dorothy Dixon is in critical condition at the hospital. Their son who spoke with us wants answers and so do we.
I met with the West Carrollton deputy police chief late this afternoon and we looked at the video from the cruiser of the first responding officer. You can see the sergeant had to go northbound on 75 and and make a u-turn onto southbound 75 to get to the crash scene. Now watch where the road splits.
Soon after that is where emergency responders found the cars down in a ditch near the Dixie Drive exit. You can see a fire department vehicle in front of the cruiser. The two crashed cars were out of sight below the interstate.
2 NEWS On Assignment got accident information from West Carrollton police about the number of crashes in and out of construction zones since the road work started in the spring of 2011. There have been 26 crashes in the construction zone with two minor injuries. Outside the construction zone on I-75 there have been even more, 38 and one minor injury.
Ohio State Patrol responded to about a half dozen in the area of Central Avenue and Dixie Drive during the same period.
This most recent incident is being investigated by OSP.
After seeing the video my photographer and I took the same route the West Carrollton officer took. We saw signs right before southbound-75 splits that read "Stay in Lane", but remember it was about three in the morning on July 13. Even in the daylight when we took the route a driver stopped suddenly in front of us after making the split, apparently unsure of the situation.
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