Four people were killed in a head-on collision early Sunday morning that has left two families dealing with losses just days before Christmas.
Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-75 near the Manchester Road overpass near Middletown when his vehicle, a 1997 Dodge minivan, collided head-on with a 2000 Chrysler minivan, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Hamilton.
The van heading north was being driven by Michelle Barhorst of Madisonville, Tennessee. Among its passengers were Barhorst’s husband, Scott and their four children.
Michelle Barhorst, Nkansah and Nkansah’s 7-year-old son, David, were pronounced dead at the scene. Scott Barhorst, 37, was flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati where he also died as a result of his injuries.
Nkansah’s 4-year-old son, Darius, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati with life threatening injuries. Tori Barhorst, 8 and Logan Barhorst, 11, were transported to Atrium Hospital and subsequently flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital with life threatening injuries. Haley Barhorst, 9, was flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital with life threatening injuries. Tyler Barhorst, 18, was transported to Atrium Hospital with minor injuries.
As of 6:30 p.m., Logan and Haley Barhorst were listed in critical condition. Tori Barhorst was in fair condition.
The Barhorsts were on their way to St. Marys, Ohio, to visit family members for Christmas.
Sgt. Jordan said the accident remains under investigation. But it appears that Nkansah was going northbound on I-75. Jordan said Nkansah made a U-turn on the highway around Franklin, and then started going southbound in the wrong lane. He said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the accident.
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