CAMDEN — At press time, the investigation continued in a four-vehicle crash which occurred Tuesday, Sept. 12, claiming the lives of a local family.
The Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Camden Police Department investigated the multi-vehicle crash which occurred at 2:59 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ohio 725 in the village.
According to PCSO Captain Brad Moore, the preliminary investigation indicated a 2005 International semi tractor-trailer traveling southbound on U.S. 127 struck a 2004 Jeep Cherokee which was traveling eastbound on Ohio 725 in the intersection.
The semi then struck a 2002 Honda van that was traveling northbound on U.S. 127 causing the van to strike a 1999 Toyota that was also traveling northbound on U.S. 127.
“Evidence at the scene and witness accounts indicate the semi entered the intersection on a red light, striking the Jeep Cherokee,” Moore reported.
All three occupants of the Jeep Cherokee were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was later identified as Melissa Hudson, 34, of Camden. Passengers in the vehicle were identified as Schon Hudson, also 34, of Camden and their daughter, Emerie Hudson, 3. The Hudsons were also expecting an infant boy.
The driver of the semi, identified as Brian Murphy, 61, of Centerville, Indiana, was trapped in the truck for an extended time and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Murphy was taken by emergency squad to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with serious injuries, according to Moore.
The drivers of the other two vehicles struck by the semi were later identified as John K. Murray, 50, of Camden and Paul Stiver, 47, of Germantown. Both were treated at the scene and released.
U.S. 127 at the intersection of Ohio 725 remained closed for 7 ½ hours while Preble County Sheriff’s deputies and Camden Police officers conducted their investigation.
Camden EMS, Camden Fire, Gasper Township EMS, Gratis Fire, Careflight’s ground unit, Medflight’s ground unit and Preble County Emergency Management Agency all responded to the scene.
The crash remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, Camden Police Department and the Preble County Coroner’s Office.
Funeral service for the Hudsons is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hudson Family, c/o Somerville National Bank, 48 North Main Street, Camden, 45311.
In addition, friends of the family have established a page for donations at https://www.youcaring.com/timanddenisehudson-947568.
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