Coroner identifies driver in fatal crash that caused fire at Clay Twp. business

Miami Valley News

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Coroner has identified the man who crashed into a Clay Township business, causing it to catch fire, as 23-year-old Jordan James Buckley.

The crash happened early Tuesday at Howell’s Body & Frame Service on National Road in Clay Twp. It was reported at 1:32 a.m.

“It’s pretty devastating, but at least where we work on the cars, it did not hurt that. My office and all of my equipment office stuff is burned, but we can replace that,” said Michael Howell, the owner of Howell’s Body and Frame Service.

Ohio State Highway Patrol told 2 NEWS a pick-up truck went off the side of the road and crashed into the business. Crews said surveillance video didn’t show the initial crash but said it did cause a big explosion in the building.

The business suffered heavy damage and is partially collapsed. The business owner said it is their main office but nobody was inside at the time of the crash.

Howell said he’s witnessed several accidents here. The most recent was about a month ago. This building has been hit, since I’ve been here, probably about 20 times. People are in a hurry, and they’re not looking good,” he said.

Crews on the scene said they are still unsure what caused the crash and are investigating. The person has not been identified.

This is a developing story and will update it when more information is available.

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