Woman dies in Whitewater Township crash

WHITEWATER TWP, Ohio - A 57-year-old North Bend woman has died from injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Whitewater Township Friday morning.

The accident occurred at 10:52 a.m. on U.S. 50, just west of OH 128. A 1996 Toyota Camry, driven by Eliza Brown, 25, of Cincinnati, turned left onto U.S. 50 from a Kroger grocery store, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The Toyota turned  left out of a driveway where such turns are prohibited. That's when it was struck by a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, which was traveling eastbound on U.S. 50. The Chevrolet was being driven by Heather Lewis, 21, of Harrison.

The first collision caused the Toyota to travel left-of-center into the opposing lanes of U.S. 50, where it was then struck by a 1993 Ford truck that was traveling westbound. The Ford was being driven by Philip Zang, 63, of Cincinnati.

The Ford truck struck the Toyota directly on the passenger-side door, the Sheriff's Office said.

A passenger riding in the Toyota, Rebecca Haines, 57, of North Bend, was transported by helicopter to University Hospital, where she died at 11:52 a.m. as a result of her injuries.

Brown was transported to the Miami Township Fire Department, and is listed in stable condition.

Lewis and Zang weren't injured in the crash.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the accident, the Sheriff's Office said. All of the motorists were wearing their seatbelts.

The crash remains under investigation.

After the mishap, U.S. 50 was closed for more than two hours.

9 News and WCPO.com will update this story as it develops.
 


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