2 dead after accident in Clark County, alcohol a factor

Crash kills 12-year-old girl in Clark County. (WDTN Photo)
Crash kills 12-year-old girl in Clark County. (WDTN Photo)

MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) –

UPDATE– School officials have released a statement on the death of their 6th grade student who attended Indian Valley Middle School.

“The Greenon family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students, sixth-grader Sophia Gruber, and the injury of her younger sister, Olivia, in a car crash Saturday afternoon. Sophia will be dearly missed at Indian Valley and we extend our thoughts and prayers to Olivia and all of their family and friends,” said school officials via their district Facebook page.

School officials will be holding several counseling sessions for fellow 6th graders, other students and staff Monday.

Two people are dead after a rear-end crash in Clark County.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the collision that killed a male and child on Dayton Springfield Road at S. Tecumseh Road in Clark County.

Troopers were called to the area before 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Police say Lewis E. Chamber, 54, was going northbound on Dayton-Sprinfield Road when his 2004 Ford Explorer reared ended a 1999 Ford Taurus.

Officials say alcohol was a factor in the accident.

2 NEWS is told two grandparents and their two granddaughters were trapped inside the Taurus after the crash.

Richard M. Gruber, 65, and Sophia M. Gruber, 12 were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mad River Township firefighters said Olivia D. Gruber, 10, was flown by CareFlight to Dayton Children’s. We checked and no information about her condition is available.

The grandmother, Brinda Gruber, 56, who was driving when the car was totaled, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. She has since been released.

Officials say as colder months draw near, they expect to see more accidents.

“We do have accidents on this road. Sometimes they’re significant. Sometimes they’re not. This seems to be more frequency on in the winter months; however, whenever we do have accidents people tend to drive a little faster on this road, and especially coming out of Enon they tend to speed up a little bit to get into Springfield,” explained Fire Chief Tracy Young with the Mad River Township fire department.

Dayton-Sprinfield Road was closed for 4 hours as a result of the crash.

Ohio State troopers are continuing their investigation.

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