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Inmate garbage worker killed in crash on I-75 in Montgomery County is ID’d

A Montgomery County Jail inmate running a litter cleanup project is dead after being involved in a chain reaction on I-75 southbound in Montgomery County Monday morning, Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck said.

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The inmate was identified Monday night at 52-year-old Tim Tufano, his son Andrew told News Center 7’s Molly Koweek in an interview from his home.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Sheriff Streck confirmed that the inmate, who had not been named at the time, had died at approximately 11 a.m. in the crash on I-75 southbound between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Springboro Pike. 4:30 in the afternoon

Also injured in the crash were three other inmates and a sheriff’s deputy, Streck said at the news conference. The other inmates and sheriff’s deputy were taken to a hospital and have since been treated and released.

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Two other inmates were not injured and were returned to the prison, where they will receive mental health care.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Staff Lt. Geoff Freeman, the accident occurred when a box truck hit the back of the sheriff’s marked bus. The van was stopped on the right side of the road with the lights on.

At the time of the accident, the inmates were outside the van. Streck noted that the sheriff’s deputy was in the van when it was hit.

After the truck hit the van, it continued on the left side of the highway and crashed into a concrete barrier. It was then hit by a sedan and a white pickup truck. The drivers of the three vehicles were treated at the scene.

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After the deputy involved in the crash called, due to the seriousness of the call, a provincial officer in need of assistance was alerted. Several crews from local law enforcement arrived on I-75 and worked to get vehicles back up onto the highway.

The state patrol was called in to lead the investigation into the crash. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an internal investigation because the death occurred while the inmate was in custody. Streck said it did not appear at this time that any protocols had been violated.

Streck said the inmates are part of the (Montgomery County) Solid Waste Litter Program, a volunteer program. Due to Monday’s incident, the program is temporarily paused.

Video of the scene showed that the box truck bore the Aramark company logos.

“Our hearts go out to everyone involved and we are fully cooperating with the investigation,” an Aramark spokesperson said in a statement to News Center 7.

This is a story in development and we will update this story as we learn more.




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