Curtis and Patricia Dixon were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 23 at state Route 229 in Delaware County on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. and along with two fatalities, many more people were injured.
According to state troopers, a sedan being driven by Sanjay Dhall and an SUV driven by Dixon were stopped at a red light in the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 at state Road 229, also known as Norton Road.
Randall Lee was driving a semi-trailer in the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 when he failed to stop for a red light and crashed into the back of the SUV, which then crashed into the sedan. Both vehicles were forced into the median on the left side of the roadway. The sedan overturned and landed on its top.
The semi then rolled into the intersection and struck a truck that was traveling eastbound on state Road 229. The truck was forced off the road.
Dhall, one of the victims, was transported to a local area hospital; he is in stable condition. Another victim was transported to a different medical center while his passenger had to be air-lifted to Grant Medical Center. Two others were treated by medics and released at the scene.
The truck driver was arrested at the scene of the crash and has been charged with failing to stop within an assured clear distance ahead, and two counts of vehicular homicide.
This is the fourth fatal crash on U.S. 23 since 2010 and an estimated 600 injury-related accidents have been reported on the roadway in the past four years. Some residents are beginning to question why the state chose to take down the Prepare to stop when flashing signs that were previously at the intersection.
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