I-75 reopened after wires brought down across both directions in Monroe

Deputy injured while responding to closure

Interstate 75 was closed for over four hours in Monroe and traffic was diverted off the highway after wires were knocked down across the road Tuesday during strong storms.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed that the hazard was down across the highway just north of the bridge at the state Route 63/Monroe/Lebanon exit was blocking the interstate in both directions. The wires down were reported at 5:52 p.m.

One pole was knocked down on the east side of the highway, and multiple poles were down on the west side near Joe Morgan Honda.

The downed wires were draped across a gooseneck trailer loaded with two vehicles that was pulled behind a pickup truck.

Duke Energy responded to the scene to help clear the road.

OSHP said that traffic was diverted off the highway at state Route 129 in Liberty Twp. in the south and at state Route 122 in Middletown in the north while the wires were being cleared.

The road was reopened at 10:20 p.m., dispatchers said.

During the closure, a Butler County deputy was rear-ended and was transported to the hospital, though injuries don’t appear to be serious, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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