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Deputies: Fog caused fatal crash near Ind. line

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-06 16:29:13-05

WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Deputies from Dearborn County, Indiana, and Hamilton County, Ohio, said dense fog was likely the cause of a fatal crash on NB I-275 near the Indiana-Ohio state line early Sunday morning.

The crash killed one person who was ejected from a car; two others were transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The car collided with a box truck on the interstate in Elizabethtown, Ohio, dispatchers said.

The interstate was shut down for a few hours after the 3 a.m. crash. The left lane of NB I-275 just past US-50 remained closed until 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

A press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said a 2007 Mazda 3 lost control while driving North on I-275. The vehicle, driven by Ryan Kennedy, 25, struck a bridge parapet twice and became disabled in the left lane. The vehicle was then struck by a Freightliner box truck, driven by Bryan Rivera, 33.

Deputies said Rivera was using his seatbelt and he was not injured in the crash. None of the three Mazda passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Destinie Stevens, 21, and Jamico Aaron, 25, both of Cincinnati, were passengers in Kennedy's Mazda.

Kennedy, the driver, is in stable condition. He was taken to UC Hospital.

Aaron was transported to UC Hospital by the life squad and is in critical condition, deputies said.

Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash as well as limited visibility due to fog.