(June 11, 2018) This morning at around 11:44 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue and New Madison Fire responded to the intersection of US Route 127 and State Route 503 for a 3 vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that all three vehicles involved were traveling Southbound on US Route 127, when a Black 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Malcom Darell Benedict 18, of Eldorado, Ohio rear-ended a Silver 2017 Toyota Camry driven by Deborah Kaye Hopkins 67, of Butler Kentucky, which had slowed down for the vehicle in front of her. The Toyota then struck the Green 2001 Buick LeSabre driven by Mary L. Ray 79, of Ithaca Ohio who had slowed down to make a left hand turn onto State Route 503.  Hopkins was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by MedFlight for her injuries. Benedict ( tractor-trailer) and his front seat passenger  and  Ray (Buick LeSabre) were not injured in the crash.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.