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10:10 AM, Mar 28, 2011
6:50 PM, Mar 28, 2011
LOCKLAND, Ohio - A West Chester man is dead after a frightening accident Mondaymorning on Interstate 75 in Lockland. That's where a tire came offa tractor-trailer, crossed the median and smashed into hismini-van.
The horrifying crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday, just afew hundred feet before the well known Lockland split on 75.
Witnesses say they couldn't believe what they were seeing: agiant truck tire and a portion of wheel assembly bouncing dozens offeet into the air, before it stuck 22-year old Dylan Morrison'smini-van, killing him instantly.
Lockland Police say a tire came off a truck going northbound.The tire went across several lanes, bounced through the median,before it hit a 1990 Ford Aerostar mini-van.
It crushed the driver side of the mini-van, which continued downthe highway another 150 feet before stopping against a retainingwall.
Lockland Police Chief James Toles says, "The impact, from whatyou could see, you can look at around 250 pounds. 350 pounds plusactually hit the van. It was hit pretty hard."
Artimis provided Lockland Police with video from one of theirtraffic cameras that actually caught the tire coming off thatnorthbound tractor-trailer.
Police say the large heavy tire could have been going to up 70miles an hour before it stuck the van.
At least two witnesses told 911 operators. the tire almostmissed them. "I'm at exit 12 on I-75 and a tired just flew off andhit my car and I avoided it."
Another 911 caller said, "It almost hit me. The tire hit the vanand it almost hit me!!"
After looking at the Artimis tape, police say they initiallycan't tell if the driver should have known he lost a tire. As itwas, he didn't realize he lost a tire until he stopped miles awayin Hamilton and called police, himself.
Chief Toles adds, "The rear of the truck was already smoking.For the driver to know if the tire had come off or not, I'm notsure. I can't say that he did or he didn't."
The truck was taken to the Ohio State Patrol post in Hamiltonfor inspection and then released to its owner.
Lockland Police say they are continuing to investigate andhave not yet released the name of the truck's driver. They havealso not decided he will face any charges in the deadly crash.
If you witnessed this accident, please call the Lockland PoliceDepartment at (513)761-1699.
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