ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – A Moraine woman was killed in three vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Thursday morning.
Investigators with the Ohio State Highway Patrol told 2 NEWS a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by 48-year-old Brenda Longstreth was crushed when it was rear-ended by an enclosed trailer semi, then pushed into the back end of a tanker truck.
The momentum of the collision carried the car and enclosed trailer semi onto the Hoke Road westbound exit ramp where both vehicles struck the guardrail.
Troopers believe traffic was slowing down because of a construction zone up ahead that was being taken down. They’re not sure why the semi driver didn’t stop.
“We had an off duty trooper working with the company so he was in a fully marked patrol car with full lights flashing,” says Sgt. Jeff Kramer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Construction lights were flashing, arrow board signage, they had everything regulation.”
Longstreth worked for Capabilities Inc. in St. Marys assisting people with disabilities.
In a statement the company says, “she made a positive difference in many individual’s lives and will be greatly missed.”
The vehicle with the enclosed trailer, a 2007 Freightliner, driven by 31-year-old Yusuf Hussein Yusuf, of New Brighton Minn., suffered severe damage. The driver was not injured.
Westbound I-70- was closed for a short time, and the Hoke Road exit ramp was closed for several hours.
Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.