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Warren County elected official one of two killed in I-71 crash

Fiscal officer Karen Stutrud killed in crash
Posted: 11:05 AM, Sep 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-18 11:05:25-04
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CLINTON COUNTY, Ohio — One of two people killed in a crash on Interstate 71 was an elected official in Warren County, according to the elections board director in Warren County, The Journal-News reported.

Karen Stutrud, 63, of Oregonia, Ohio, was the fiscal officer in Washington Township, elections director Brian Sleeth said. She and one other person died Tuesday after a three-vehicle crash on I-71 in Clinton County, about 10 miles north of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.

The crash shut down the interstate in both directions for hours. One of the other drivers, 55-year-old Timothy Brown Sr., of Lewisburg, Tenn., also was killed.

Stutrud was running for re-election in November. Her current term runs through March 31. Sleeth indicated the trustees would likely appoint a replacement and call a special election to replace her.

The crash occurred about 2:36 p.m. when a southbound semitrailer driven by 43-year-old Sam Hussein, of Columbus, suffered a blowout of the left front tire, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wilmington Post said. That blowout sent the Freightliner across the median and into northbound traffic.

Hussein’s semi struck a sedan and another semi head-on, killing Stutrud, who was driving a Mercury Sable, and Brown, who was driving the other semi. Hussein and his passenger, 76-year-old Mohamud Mohamed, of Columbus, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to Clinton Memorial Hospital.

Northbound I-71 reopened just after 11 p.m., ODOT reported. The southbound lanes reopened just after 6:30 p.m., according to ODOT.

No impairment is suspected, according to state patrol investigators, and all drivers were wearing seat belts.

The Journal-News is a media partner of WCPO.