2 killed in I-75 crash were hit as they tried to help others; driver charged with DUI

An Indiana man was charged with aggravated drunken driving Sunday night after a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Madison County left two people dead, according to Kentucky State Police. The two were hit as they tried help others in the crash.

Troopers arrested Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., and took him to the Madison County jail, according to state police at the Richmond post. Mangan also was charged with driving on a suspended license.

State police identified the two who were killed as Meredith L. Buscher, 22, of Richmond, and Jeffrey R. Campbell, 30, of Louisville.

Campbell died at the scene. Buscher died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Buscher and Campbell had left their cars to help others in the wreck when they were struck by another vehicle, said Trooper Robert Purdy, public affairs officer with the Richmond post.

Clifford H. Steinhauer, 41, of Fort Thomas, was injured in the crash and was taken to UK hospital, where he was listed in serious condition early Monday.

The crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday on I-75, about two miles north of Richmond exit 90, state police said.

Purdy described the wreck as a rapid series of several separate collisions involving at least five vehicles.

Mangan was driving north when he lost control of his 1999 Ford Explorer, striking a guardrail and colliding with several vehicles.

Police said Mangan’s Ford then overturned and came to a stop, partially blocking the left lane of the interstate. More collisions followed as approaching drivers tried to avoid Mangan’s vehicle, police said.

“It was pretty complicated, and we were busy most of the evening trying to put everything together,” Purdy said.

The investigation is continuing and probably will take some time to complete, he said.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.