Trooper hit while investigating crash off I-75

A Highway Patrol trooper investigating a crash off Interstate 75 was struck by a motorist Sunday evening. The Bowling Green Post is currently investigating the one-vehicle injury traffic crash that occurred on Sunday at approximately 8 p.m.

The crash occurred on Interstate 75 near milepost 168 near North Baltimore. A 2014 Ford Focus, operated by Samuel J. Estep, 18, of Miamisburg, was traveling southbound on the ramp to Eagleville Road from I-75 southbound.

Trooper Chris Kiefer was investigating a crash on the exit ramp from I-75 southbound to Eagleville Road. Estep traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck Kiefer.

Estep’s vehicle came to rest in the gore on the left side of the exit ramp. He was not injured. Kiefer was transported by Mid-County EMS to Wood County Hospital where he was treated and released.

Alcohol and drug impairment are not suspected in the crash. The roadway was ice covered and unsafe speed was a factor in the crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to move over and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles that are on the roadside with emergency lights activated. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Mid-County EMS and Wright’s Towing.