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Driver killed when steel coil falls off semi in Butler County, sheriff says

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 9:12 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:29 AM EDT
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ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - A driver is dead after a steel coil fell off a semi’s trailer Wednesday morning, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Hamilton Eaton Road (U.S. 127) and Morganthaler Road in St. Clair Township, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

“These are very difficult scenes to respond to. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this time,” Sheriff Richard Jones said.

The semi, owned by Total Package Express Inc., was heading north on Hamilton Eaton Road carrying a load of steel coil that became unsecured, the release states.

The steel coil fell off the semi bed and into the southbound lane of Hamilton Eaton Road, where it struck the Ford Edge, sheriff’s officials say.

The driver of the Ford Edge died at the scene.

This investigation is ongoing.

More information will be released pending notification of family, the sheriff said.

The Cincinnati based Total Package Express Inc. provides interstate trucking services, according to their website. They have received a satisfactory rating, which is the highest from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Over the past two years, their company vehicles have been involved in 14 accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports.

None of those 14 were fatal.

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