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2 Seriously Injured in Crash that Closed Part of I-75

A three-vehicle collision on Wednesday forced the closure of part of Interstate 75.

Kenton County Police responded to the accident between Crittenden and Walton just past noon where a silver Toyota Tundra struck the rear of a Schneider tractor trailer. The Tundra was rendered disabled and left in the center lane. A second tractor trailer drove off the right side of the interstate to avoid the initial collision.

Within a few minutes, the silver Tundra was struck by a maroon Tundra.

The driver of the maroon Tundra, 43-year old Jonathan Traft of Union, was transported by helicopter to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Traft was unconscious at the scene and appeared to have suffered head, neck, and chest injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

43-year old Raymond Townsend of Florence was in the silver Tundra and suffered injuries to his head, back, and legs. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence. Robert Fields, 65, of Evergeen, Alabama, was the driver of the Schneider tractor trailer and was not injured.

Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, KY and a commercial vehicle enforcement officer from Kentucky State Police assisted with this scene as well. 

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the Kenton County Police at 859-356-3191.

-Staff report

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