Robyn Birzer Obituary, Death – A woman from Blanchester, Ohio, who was 20 years old and was killed in an accident on Friday was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The tragedy took place on Interstate 75 when the tractor-trailer was involved in a collision with another truck as well as two cars. After that, it slammed through a concrete barrier and damaged a third vehicle before coming to a stop. On Saturday, the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was able to positively identify Robyn Birzer as the person behind the wheel of a Ford Escape. It was determined that Birzer had passed away at the scene of the collision in which she had been engaged.
The accident occurred at approximately 2:40 in the afternoon when a Freightliner driven by Lilemon J. Ferguson, 59, of Columbus was on the ramp from westbound I-70 to northbound I-75 when he ran off the left side of the ramp and into the northbound lanes. The other vehicle involved in the accident was a Honda Accord driven by a woman who was also from Columbus. It seems like the accident took place. The preliminary findings of the investigation that was carried out by the patrol indicate that the semi-truck was involved in a collision with three different vehicles: a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Ntunzwenimana M. Mathieu, 38, of Dallas; a Honda Civic driven by Clayton A. Barhorst, 23 years old, of Lebanon; and a Ford Escape driven by Birzer. The three drivers were all thrown clear of their vehicles when the collision occurred.
After colliding with the three vehicles, the semi driven by Ferguson went through the concrete barrier that separated the southbound lanes from the northbound lanes, according to the police. This caused damage to a Chevrolet Camaro that was being driven by Terrance L. Toth, who was 71 years old and was from Tipp City. The semi-truck that Ferguson and the Escape were driving caught fire at some point during their journey. Troopers have stated that Toth was not injured in the event, but Ferguson, Mathieu, and Barhorst were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. Toth was not one of the three individuals injured.
After having been closed for around three hours, the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were eventually allowed to resume with limitations. However, there were still some delays. In an update that was provided on Saturday, the state patrol shared the following information with the public: “The northbound lanes of I-75 reopened at approximately 1:30 a.m. on December 3, and southbound lane restrictions remained in place until approximately 2:20 a.m., when all lanes and ramps were reopened and the scene was cleared.”
Additionally, as a result of the collision, there was a significant increase in the amount of traffic on the roadways in the area, particularly on Dixie Drive. The police departments in Butler Twp. and Vandalia have issued a warning to the community that the route may be closed for several hours due to a “severe crash.”