Family killed in semi accident remembered day after crash
CAMDEN , Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Funeral plans are now being made for three Preble County family members killed in a terrible crash.
People in the village are shocked by the tragic deaths, as the Hudson family had been very active in the community. They were killed when police say a semi ran a red light and crashed into the family's car. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
"It's a tragedy, especially in a small town. Something like this happens in a community of 2,000 and it usually affects 2,000," said Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock.
Melissa and Schon, both 34, and their 3-year-old daughter Emerie were killed shortly after leaving their house. FOX 45's Rhonda Moore spoke with Chief Spurlock, who said it's one of the worst accidents he's ever seen.
"A semi overturning I've seen, that before but I haven't seen one that violent," he said. "Nice family, I haven't heard anything negative about these fine people."
Police said they're continuing to investigate the crash to piece together exactly what happened, which includes a search warrant for the semi's black box to find out how fast the driver was going. The semi driver was put into a medically induced coma Wednesday evening.
Melissa Hudson was very active in Preble Shawnee schools as a substitute teacher and president of the PTO. Hudson's family also told FOX 45 that she was 16 weeks pregnant with a baby boy.
"We were looking forward to her continuing subbing for us throughout the year and the amount of work that she puts in for the PTO is amazing. She did a lot to benefit a lot of students and families here in this town," said Preble Shawnee Local School District Superintendent Matt Bishop.
Counselors were at schools Wednesday for students and staff.
"We wanted to make sure we had the staff taken care of with resources, counselors, spiritual adviser was there as well," Bishop said. "We had an opportunity for students to remove themselves from the classroom, go to the library if they wanted to take one on one, we had counselors that also went in to the different classrooms. It's not been a great day but we feel like we've done everything we could to make it as manageable as possible for the students and staff."
The police chief said counselors are available for officers who worked the crash scene as well. He said the truck driver is in critical condition and could face charges.
Melissa Hudson has two daughters in grade school. A YouCaring account has been set up for the family, which you can find by following this link.