Thursday, August 28, 2008

One Dead, Traffic Blocked For Hours In I-71 Crash

Originally Posted on Thu, Aug 28 2008 @ 10:54 AM [EST]

updated 36 minutes ago

CINCINNATI - A crash on southbound Interstate 71 closed a section of highway for more than 10 hours, killed one person and led to homicide charges against a truck driver. Officers said that a tractor-trailer was going too fast when it overturned on the southbound I-71 ramp to the Brent Spence Bridge and trapped a sport utility vehicle underneath its trailer just after 8:15 p.m.

The driver of the SUV, Susan Struwe, 57, was transported to University Hospital with minor injuries and released. The rear passenger of the SUV, Rhenda Driver, 52, was flown by Air Care to University Hospital with serious injuries.

The front seat passenger, Rhonda Gandy, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no access to northbound or southbound Interstate 75 until almost 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Emergency crews had a tough time getting to the victims and had to park their trucks under the accident scene and extend ladders up to get to the crash site.

The truck's driver, Chi Chow, 46, was hospitalized for minor injuries. He's been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

Chow will be arraigned on Thursday.


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