UPDATE: Police Say Mason, Ohio Man Killed In I-275 Wreck
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted Friday, April 4 at 6:05 a.m.:
The driver of the Hyundai Elantra in Thursday morning’s crash on Interstate 275 near the Carroll Cropper Bridge has been identified as Randal Cristofoli.
Cristofoli, 43, of Mason, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle struck a guardrail and ran into the path of a semi truck.
The accident remains under investigation.
Update posted at 3:25 p.m.:
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the crash that claimed the life of a Mason, Ohio man Thursday morning, although the victim’s name is being withheld.
At about 10:45 a.m., a passenger car and tractor trailer collided on I-275 eastbound at the 13.3 mile marker, known to frequent travelers as the hill climbing into Kentucky after the Carroll Cropper Bridge.
Deputies say a 43-year-old driving a Hyundai Elantra was in the left lane and passing by a tractor trailer in the right lane. The driver lost control and the Elantra went right in front of the truck. The car then struck the guardrail and bounced back into the path of the semi which collided with it in a T-bone fashion.
The driver from Mason died at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.
The truck driver, Sebastian Navarro-Tineda, 57, of Lowell, Indiana, was not hurt. Police said Navarro-Tineda was driving the truck for Tri-Union Express out of Griffith, Indiana.
The collision caused the roadway to be shut down until close to 2:00 p.m. while first responders investigated and cleared the scene.
Update posted at 2:21 p.m.:
I-275 has fully reopened following the crash in Boone County near the Ohio River bridge. While some residual backup remains, traffic is moving relatively quickly once again.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office announced that more information on Thursday morning’s fatal crash on the interstate could be released soon.
Update posted at 12:34 p.m.:
Traffic is being allowed to move again on Interstate 275 eastbound at the Carroll C. Cropper Bridge following a fatal accident on the Kentucky side of the bridge.
Traffic was being allowed to pass the scene using the left lane as of 12:30 p.m.
However, a secondary accident – believed to be a fender bender involving multiple vehicles – has been reported on the bridge in the right lane.
Original story posted at 11:42 a.m.:
(Boone County, Ky.) – A reported fatal crash involving a semi truck has shut down Interstate 275 eastbound at the Carroll C. Cropper Bridge between Indiana and Kentucky.
The crash occurred before 11:00 a.m. between a car and a tractor trailer on the hill just beyond the Kentucky end of the bridge.
Traffic in the eastbound lanes is stopped as the interstate has been shut down while police conduct an investigation into the deadly wreck. The backup is extending past the Greendale-Lawrenceburg exit in Indiana. There is no estimation on when the highway may reopen.
This is the second accident involving a semi in that vicinity Thursday. At about 6:00 a.m., an accident blocked one lane of traffic on I-275 eastbound for about two hours, causing a delay in traffic.