Four people dead after wrong-way crash

FRANKLIN, OH - Ohio State Highway Patrol confirm that four people were killed in an early morning wrong-way crash on I-75.

Early Sunday morning, 911 dispatchers received multiple calls that a minivan was traveling south in the northbound lanes on I-75 north of the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe. Shortly after officers were dispatched to investigate, they were advised the minivan had struck another minivan head-on.

Troopers say, Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield,OH, was driving a 1997 Dodge Minivan, going the wrong direction in the northbound lanes of I-75 when it struck a 2000 Chrysler Minivan driven by Michele Barhorst, 31, of Madisonville, TN.

Joshua Nkansah and his son David Nkansah, 7, died at the scene. Darius Nkansah, 4, was taken to Atrium Hospital in Middletown. He was later flown to Children's Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Michele Barhorst also died at the scene. Her husband, Scott Barhorst, 37, was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he also died of his injuries. Tori Barhorst, 8, and Logan Barhorst, 11, were taken to Atrium Hospital and then flown to Dayton Children's Hospital with serious injuries.  Haley Barhorst, 9, was flown from the scene to Dayton Children's Hospital with life threatening injuries. Tyler Barhorst, 18, was transported to Atrium with minor injuries.

Ohio State Troopers say alcohol is suspected to be a factor with the wrong way driver.

Multiple agencies assisted with the scene including the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Unit, Ohio Department of Transportation, Miami Valley Careflight, Middletown EMS, Clearcreek Township EMS, Franklin Joint Emergency Medical Services, Franklin Police Department, and Middletown Police Department.

The crash remains under investigation.




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