5 rushed to hospital in 2 separate crashes

Ohio State Highway Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating two crashes on I-75 in Shelby County that sent five people to the hospital.

The crash happened Saturday before 2 a.m. on I-75 South near milepost 87.

According to officials, 20-year-old Amber Hall was driving a 2008 black Pontiac G5 north on the interstate when she ran off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail. She then over-corrected, crossed the median, and drove across the southbound lanes and hit a guardrail on the Miami River Bridge. Hall was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. She was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. Her two passengers, 21-year-old Christopher Shepperd and 30-year-old James West were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital. Shepperd sustained serious injuries and was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital.

Troopers stated a second crash occurred at the same location when 42-year-old Ruth Oekle stopped in the right lane of I-75 South to help the victims of the first crash. Officials said 52-year-ols Philip Putterbaugh was driving through the area and wasn’t able to avoid Oekle’s stopped truck and crashed into it. Both of them were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The highway was shut down for about an hour and a half while crews worked to clear the scene.

The cause of the initial crash remains under investigation.


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