TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) - The deadly crash near a construction zone in Tipp City sparked thoughts of the I-75 accident in July 2012 that killed Charles Rice in West Carrollton. Three passengers survived and are now suing alleging the contractor failed to properly mark and warn them of the construction zone.
The Ohio Department of Transportation said the overnight work that was going on two miles from the crash site near State Route 571 on I-75 was an ODOT job, not a job by an outside contractor. That's important because if ODOT is considered at fault, your money could be at stake.
ODOT's highway manager first said the crash was a quarter mile north of the construction zone, but this afternoon an ODOT engineer on the scene stated it was actually two miles away.
ODOT said the crash was near mile marker 68 and the work was going on south of there at mile marker 65. At mile marker 67 a flashing message board was warning drivers about the work ahead, according to ODOT.
"We do go by guidelines that are statewide that we make sure there are enough cones and signs ahead of time to know that that's coming up," said Mandi Dillon, ODOT District 7 spokesperson.
For big jobs ODOT will use outside contractors, but Dillon said this was a simple overnight project so the department's own employees in Miami County did the bridge deck repairs.
It's too early to know if anyone will claim negligence by ODOT in this recent crash, but plenty of people have gone after ODOT and their avenue has been the Court of Claims of Ohio. This year alone about 150 claims have been filed against ODOT.
2 NEWS Investigates found out from the Office of Budget and Management that so far this fiscal year which started July 1st the State has paid out nearly $166,000 because of ODOT. In fiscal year 2013 it was more than $3.5 million, and the year before that, it was $1.3 million.
Again, the investigation continues and no one has been found at fault at this point.
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