CINCINNATI – One man died on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday after the driver of a car he was a passenger in avoided one crash only to be struck by a semi-tractor trailer moments later in another.
Zachary Byrd, 21, was pronounced dead near Mitchell Avenue at mile marker 5.8, according to Cincinnati police.
The fatal incident occurred after 5:10 a.m. when James Harrison, 21, swerved his Saturn to miss a 2009 Dodge Journey driven by Ashley Kelly, 22. Kelly lost control of her vehicle and struck a barrier wall, according to police.
Moments later a semi driven by Jason Woodyard, 41, hit both the Saturn and Journey, killing Byrd.
Harrison was extricated from his Saturn. Both he and Kelly were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The Cincinnati Traffic Unit closed northbound I-75 for more than six hours as they investigated the incident. The road opened at about 11:30 a.m.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen the crash to call the traffic unit at 513-352-2514.