Woman, 7-month-old killed in four-vehicle crash on I-70 in Preble County

A woman and a 7-month-old girl were killed in a four-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Interstate 70 in Monroe Twp, Preble County.

At around 6:40 p.m., the four vehicles involved in the crash were driving westbound on I-70 near mile post seven.

Three of the vehicles were driving in the left lane. In the front was a 2020 Kenworth semi truck and trailer driven by James Gobble, 49, of Lexington, Ohio, followed by a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Erik Beachy, 25, of Homeworth, Ohio, and finally a 2020 Volvo semi-truck and trailer driven by Dorcella Washington, 60, of Columbus, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The final vehicle was driving in the right-hand lane: a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Hugo Barth IV, 54, of New Providence, New Jersey.

The Suburban, Silverado and Kenworth semi slowed due to construction traffic when Washington, in the Volvo semi, failed to maintain assured clear distance and crashed into the back of Beachy’s Silverado, according to the highway patrol.

The impact pushed the pickup into the back of the Gobble in the Kenworth semi truck, which then pushed the Gobble’s truck into the back of Barth in the Suburban.

Both semis and the Silverado came to a stop on the road, while Barth pulled his Suburban onto the right berm.

Two passengers in the Silverado were killed as a result of the crash. Tonya Beachy, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. Ellie Beachy, 7 months old, was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

Erik Beachy was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Gobble suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

Washington was taken to Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana, with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Barth was not injured in the crash.

According to the OSHP, alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

OSHP was assisted at the scene by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, North West Fire/EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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