DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two people are dead and two more were injured after a four-vehicle crash Sunday.
The crash happened just after noon in the southbound lanes of I-75 near the Benchwood Road exit. I-75 was shut down for more than two hours.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a preliminary investigation found that three vehicles were stationary on the side of the road. A Saturn was broken down and abandoned on the right shoulder of I-75 when two vehicles arrived to wait on a tow truck to remove the car.
A Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Jerome Golston, 29, of Lima, was behind the Saturn. A Nissan Versa, driven by Sarenthia Traylor, 53, of Hamilton, along with passenger Cesere Traylor, 28, was behind the Camaro.
A vehicle driven by Mark Frankenberg struck the Nissan Versa in the rear, causing the Nissan Versa to hit the Chevrolet Camaro, which then struck the Saturn.
Sarenthia Traylor died after she was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Cesere Traylor was hospitalized with critical injuries, she died Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Hospital.
Frankenberg was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Golston was transported with minor injuries.
Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Butler Township Police, Vandalia Police and EMS, Riverside EMS, Tipp City EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation were on the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.
2 NEWS will update this developing story as we receive more information.