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Grandfather dies day after Milford crash that involved a cement truck

Joe Bob Cravens
Posted at 1:47 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 17:51:24-05

MILFORD, Ohio — A Cincinnati grandfather involved in a seven-vehicle crash died Wednesday, one day after the crash, his family said.

Joe Bob Cravens, 66, had just returned from Afghanistan where he provided support for the U.S. Army as a contractor last month. On Tuesday, Cravens was pinned in a vehicle under a cement truck, his family told WCPO. The crash on Round Bottom Road in Mildford overturned the cement truck, knocked three motorcycles on their sides and crumpled three cars. According to Miami Township Fire and Emergency Services, multiple people became trapped as a result of the wreck.

Cravens died at the hospital, according to the Hamilton County Coroner. He was married to his wife, Lyn, for 34 years, according to his daughter, Jocelyn Watson. Cravens leaves behind two daughters and three grandchildren.

The crash occurred at about 5:42 p.m. when a driver in a 2005 Pontiac G6 made a left turn and failed to yield to the oncoming cement truck, according to a preliminary investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers said the truck hit the car, then crossed the center lines and hit a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in stopped traffic, and then a 2017 Nissan Sentra driven by Cravens.

The collision pushed the Sentra back into three motorcycles, and then the truck and Sentra continued off the side of the road, where the truck hit a building and turned over on top of the Sentra, troopers said.

The crash remains under investigation by the OSHP Cincinnati Metro Post.