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Survivors in Fatal I-75 Crash Speak Out/ Drivers Names Released
TIPP CITY -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released more information about Wednesday night's fatal crash along I-75.
Seven vehicles, including three semi tractor-trailers, were involved in the fiery crash that killed two people.
Troopers say Dial Jhutti of Brampton, Ontario, was driving a semi when he failed to slow for the construction traffic ahead of him. He struck a Pontiac Sunfire, driven by Loretta Stotler of Sidney. The collision caused the Sunfire to collide with another semi and the cement barrier. The second semi was being driven by Michael Moore of Pierceton, Ind.
Troopers say the crash caused Moore's semi to crash into a New York man's semi, which in turn collided with a Chevrolet Venture, with occupants William Shaw and Judy Shaw of Xenia. The Venture collided with a trailored boat and Ford F-350, drive by a Michigan man. The F-350 then crashed into a Scion FRS, driven by Thomas Burrows of Cincinnati.
"Traffic came to a complete stop," said Bill who was driving back from Sidney with Judy.
"I heard this loud crash in the back," he said. "What I saw was a car being flung into a barrier. It happened in like a 10th of a second. The semi behind me that had been stopped was catapulted into my rear. Judy was screaming."
"We kept hearing this popping noise from the smell of the burning tires," said Judy.
Another truck driver and an officer busted out their windows.
"We were worried about getting out of the car as quickly as we could," said Bill. "I was worried about starting a fire. We tried the regular doorknobs and they were stuck, we were trapped."
They escaped through the glass alive, walking away with just a few cuts and bruises.
After Bill & Judy looked at the pictures of their van, they know they are lucky to be alive.
"Nothing left, unbelievable, no front and no back," they said.
"We just thank God for his protection because a few seconds different we would've been in the middle of the semi's."
OSP troopers say Jhutti and Moore, the drivers of the first and second semis, were found ejected from their vehicles and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Stotler, the woman in the second vehicle struck by Jhutti's semi, was treated at Upper Valley Medical Center for injuries that are not considered life-threatening. the other five people involved in the pileup were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The OSP says I-75 was completely shut down for about four hours due to the "extreme heat and flames." Lanes remains closed on southbound I-75 for about 21 hours as road crews cleaned up the accident scene and repaired asphalt.
The crash remains under investigation.
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