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Fatal Tow Truck Crash - 07.16.21 (KY)


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Serious crash shuts down northbound I-75 in Northern Kentucky for hours


WALTON, Ky. — Northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are closed near Walton, Kentucky, following a serious crash.


It happened shortly after midnight, just south of the Interstate 71/75 split.


Officials say a semitruck and tow truck hauling a work truck collided, causing a more than six-hour traffic jam in the area.


There has been no word on the drivers’ conditions, or the circumstances that led up to the crash.


Traffic in the area is at a standstill. Your best bet is to use Dixie Highway if you are south of Walton, and plan to head northbound this morning.


RESOURCE LINK with video


Police ID passenger killed in NB I-71/75 crash

WALTON, Ky. (WXIX) - One person is dead, and a tow truck driver is hospitalized in a crash that shut down northbound Interstate 71/75 for more than seven hours overnight, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

A tow truck and a semi tractor-trailer were involved in the collision near Walton about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Trace Patrick of Dry Ridge was operating a 2020 Freightliner Flatbed tow truck when his truck struck the back of the tractor-trailer operated by Larry Hill of Dayton, Ohio, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

A passenger in the tow truck, David Matthews Jr. also of Dry Ridge, was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene, the release states.

Patrick was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Hill did not report any injuries.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team is handling the investigation, which remains ongoing.



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