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An overturned semi shut down I-71 North in Symmes Township Monday Feb. 20.
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An overturned semi closed I-71 at the Fields Ertel exit, causing traffic delays in Symmes Township.
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An overturned semi closed I-71 at the Fields Ertel exit, causing traffic delays in Symmes Township.
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An overturned semi closed I-71 at the Fields Ertel exit, causing traffic delays in Symmes Township.
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Overturned semi shuts down NB I-71 near Fields Ertel Road in Symmes Twp. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
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Overturned semi shuts down NB I-71 near Fields Ertel Road in Symmes Twp. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
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Police investigate 4-vehicle pileup on I-71 North in Symmes Township

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SYMMES TWP, Ohio - All northbound lanes on I-71 are open to traffic after a multiple vehicles collided with an overturned tractor trailer at the Fields Ertel exit in Symmes Township Monday afternoon closing the roadway for several hours.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. Monday.

According to police, Michael Fortine, 27, of Maineville was traveling northbound on I-71 in a 1998 Mercury Mystique. Fortine failed to maintain a clear distance ahead and struck a 2004 Toyota Matrix from behind that was operated by Clayton Kuhnell, 66, of Cincinnati.

Kuhnell's vehicle was pushed from the right to left lane, where he struck a tractor trailer that was operated by David Taylor, 54, of London, Ky. Taylor then traveled to the right lane, and struck a 2008 Dodge 2500 van, driven by James Laycock, 49, of Hamilton. Laycock traveled off the roadway to the right and hit an embankment. The tractor trailer then overturned onto its left side, blocking all four lanes.

Police say Fortine, Laycock and Taylor were transported to Bethesda North Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. Kuhnell and his passenger, Pamela Kuhnell, 62, were transported to Jewish Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

At one point all northbound lanes were closed. Police also temporarily closed the ramps from East and West I-275 to I-71 North.

Police say drugs and alcohol were not factors.

No other information has been released at this time.

The accident remains under investigation.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates.


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