3 injured after vehicles crash into Rumpke garbage truck in German Twp.

A Rumpke garbage truck was stopped to pick up trash on West County Line Road when it was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe and a Mini Cooper Friday May 13, 2022. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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A Rumpke garbage truck was stopped to pick up trash on West County Line Road when it was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe and a Mini Cooper Friday May 13, 2022. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

A three-vehicle crash involving a Rumpke garbage truck Friday morning injured three people, including one who had to be cut from a vehicle, in Clark County.

The crash was reported in the 1400 block of West County Line Road in German Twp. The street was closed between U.S. 68 and Upper Valley Pike.

A Chevrolet Tahoe and Mini Cooper hit the back of a stopped Rumpke truck. The driver of the Mini Cooper and the driver and a passenger in the Tahoe also were injured, said German Twp. Fire & EMS Lt. Karina Emory.

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“The passenger of the Tahoe was trapped for nearly 40 minutes,” she said. “It was a complicated extrication due to the damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.”

The passenger was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Ground crews transported the other two injured people to a local hospital.

Details on their injuries were not available, but two of those injured were walking around at the scene.

Rumpke Waste & Recycling asked motorists to remember to drive carefully around its vehicles and workers. In the past three weeks, the company has recorded three similar incidents in southwest Ohio.

“These incidents serve as an important reminder for drivers to slow down when approaching waste and recycling vehicles or any service vehicles working in the roadway,” said Molly Yeager, communications manager at Rumpke.

The company is working with German Twp. and the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the crash is under investigation.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the crash.

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