School bus and car collide on State Road 56 at I-75 in Wesley Chapel

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Authorities investigating crash involving a school bus and another vehicle in Wesley Chapel.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers net 18 impaired drivers, write nearly 650 …

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wrote more than 700 tickets along Interstate 75 as part of a multi-state effort March 28-30 to improve safety on the highway. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State troopers wrote up 642 speeding tickets and arrested 18 drivers for operating a vehicle while intoxicated during a crackdown last weekend on Interstate 75.

And during the multi-state crackdown March 28-30, there were no fatal crashes along the nearly 1,800-mile-long highway.

Ohio was joined in the I-75 Challenge by Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, the latter of which organized the effort.

In Ohio, where I-75 runs for about 210 miles from Toledo through Cincinnati, the Ohio State Highway Patrol targeted violations of seat belt usage laws, aggressive driving and speeding and impaired driving.

Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people a year nationally, according to the patrol. More than half of those killed in 2011 were not wearing seat belts. About 9,900 deaths were related to impaired-driving crashes and nearly 10,000 deaths were from speeding-related crashes.

During the weekend, state troopers wrote tickets for 102 safety belt violations, as well as the speeding and impaired driving arrests.

“Multi-state partnerships like this one, illustrate the true value of working together to make each respective state a safer place to live, work and travel,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Col. Paul A. Pride said in a statement. “But we still have work to do – there are far too many people losing their lives on our roadways.”

Three people hurt in Pasco crash involving school bus

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School bus and car collide in Wesley Chapel

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Traffic alert: Crash on northbound I-75 involving tanker and pickup causes injury …

Interstate 75 in Saginaw County.

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI — Police are responding to an injury crash on northbound Interstate 75 in Saginaw County.

Saginaw County Central Dispatch reported the accident happened at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, south of the exit for M-46 in Buena Vista Township. 

Initial reports said the crash caused an injury. 

A white pickup sustained heavy front-end damage and a semi tanker was also involved in the crash, according to a motorist. 

Traffic was backed up for about a mile on northbound I-75. 

— Brad Devereaux is a public safety reporter for MLive/The Saginaw News. Follow him on TwitterFacebook and Google+ 

Michigan State Police: Driver in crash on I-75 wasn’t wearing seat belt


DETROIT –

**Update: Michigan State Police say they erroneously reported to the media that the victim in this crash had died. The victim is in critical condition. **

Michigan State Police said a 24-year-old man is in critical condition after a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 in Detroit.

Police said the driver, Lesean Khyrie Winfield Jr., wasn’t wearing his seat belt when he lost control of the Buick SUV he was driving in the northbound lanes near the Davison Freeway.

The SUV slammed into a median before flipping.

Police said Winfield was thrown from the SUV. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The northbound lanes were shut down from 3:30 a.m. to just before 6 a.m. for cleanup of the crash.

Police said it doesn’t appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Michigan State Police: Driver killed in crash on I-75 wasn’t wearing seat belt


DETROIT –

**Update: Michigan State Police say they erroneously reported to the media that the victim in this crash had died. The victim is in critical condition. **

Michigan State Police said a 24-year-old man is in critical condition after a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 in Detroit.

Police said the driver, Lesean Khyrie Winfield Jr., wasn’t wearing his seat belt when he lost control of the Buick SUV he was driving in the northbound lanes near the Davison Freeway.

The SUV slammed into a median before flipping.

Police said Winfield was thrown from the SUV. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The northbound lanes were shut down from 3:30 a.m. to just before 6 a.m. for cleanup of the crash.

Police said it doesn’t appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Patrol joins ‘The I-75 Challenge’ with More Cops – More Stops

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Patrol joins ‘The I-75 Challenge’ with More Cops – More Stops

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be teaming up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for The I-75 Challenge. This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Troopers in Ohio will be targeting safety belt usage, aggressive driving/speed and OVI-related violations during the initiative that begins tomorrow and continues through March 30.


Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people every year in America, and local law enforcement and highway safety officials agree that too many of those fatalities are happening on I-75. In 2011, more than half of the people killed in traffic crashes were NOT wearing seat belts; approximately 9,900 people were killed in impaired-driving crashes; and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. The Patrol will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to remind all drivers along I-75 to #Drive2SaveLives.

“One thing we know is that traffic crashes are preventable. We want to educate the motoring public to make better decisions – and maybe even change their driving behaviors – to reduce crashes and fatalities,” explained Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “No matter what state you are traveling in, we want you to arrive at your destination safely.”

The I-75 Challenge is being spearheaded by the Florida Highway Patrol, and brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

In 2014 the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops. and the Drive to Save Lives campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide. #StayingAliveon75 #Drive2SaveLives

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One Barron teen to return to school Tuesday, other still in Ga. hospital

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Nicolas Healey


One of two Barron Collier High School students will return to class Tuesday following a serious crash in Georgia last week.

Cameron Conroy, 17, suffered bruised lungs and road rash following the March 23 crash just south of Macon, Ga., on Interstate 75.

“He gets tired pretty quick and he walks a little slow,” Conroy’s father Steve Conroy said Monday.

Students will gather around the flag pole Tuesday morning before class to pray for Conroy and his passenger Nick Healey, said Jennifer Weimer, a spokeswoman for the Collier County School District.

Reports say the crash happened when the teens’ tire blew out.

Healey, also 17, lost part of his right leg as a result of the crash. His mother Beth Healey said Monday that her son remained positive but would not return to school for some time.

“He is hanging in there,” she said. “He has such strong faith and such strong spirits. We’re just doing one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time.”

Two school groups, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the school’s choir will meet Tuesday to discuss other possible showings of support, Weimer said.

In the meantime, a fundraising website has garnered more then $11,000 in donations to aid Healey in his recovery.

“It’s amazing, it’s overwhelming,” Beth Healey said.

After the crash, Beth Healey said family friends gave her son a new phone to replace the one he lost in the wreckage. Another acquaintance drove all the way to Georgia to deliver an iPad.

“And that is what has gotten us through the night of pain, was listening to music,” Beth Healey said. “He drove 10 hours to bring Nick an iPad.”

To donate to Healey’s recovery expenses, visit GiveForward.com and search for “What Love Does For Nick,”

Jackknifed semi causes major I-75 backup





FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Interstate 75 was down to one lane on Monday in Fayette County after a crash.

A semi was jackknifed in the northbound lanes around 11:00 a.m. Monday morning. It all happened about a mile from the Clays Ferry bridge.

No one was hurt, but the crash caused the semi to leak fuel.

It took crews a few hours to get it cleaned up, causing a big backup.

Kentucky State Police confirms that lanes opened back up at 3:00 p.m.