Sidney teen helps at crash site

Interviewed by WDTN-TV

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — A Sidney teen assisted at the scene of a deadly crash along Interstate 75, Thursday, July 26.

As reported by the Daily News’s partner, WDTN-TV in Dayton, Harley Campbell, 17, was driving on the interstate and saw the collision. He stopped to rescue people in the vehicles.

The crash, at about noon, involved two semis, a pickup truck and an automobile. The driver of the automobile, Debra Hurst, 60, of Dayton, was killed when one of the semis failed to slow for traffic and hit the other vehicles.

Two of them, pushed into the median, caught fire. One was hauling soybeans.

“I seen a little bit of soybean go up in the air, seen a little bit of smoke and as I looked over, there were a few vehicles getting launched on the side of the interstate,” Campbell told WDTN.

According to the television station’s report, he helped to pull out people who were trapped in their vehicles and get them away before the fires started.

“It’s just one of those things where someone needed my help, so I decided to pull over and do what I could,” Campbell said in the on-air report.

“Campbell said didn’t consider himself a hero for his actions. He said he was just doing the right thing,” WDTN reporter Judith Retana said.

The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. An officer at the Piqua post told the Sidney Daily News, Friday, that no charges have yet been filed.

All lanes of the interstate were shut down for a period of time, backing up traffic for miles and sending hundreds of vehicles onto county Road 25A and other side roads to complete their journeys. Some semis were forced to wend their way through narrow neighborhood streets in Sidney.

All lanes were re-opened by 5 p.m.

Responding to the crash in addition to the highway patrol were the Sidney Police, Fire and EMS departments, Anna Fire and EMS, Botkins Fire and EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Interviewed by WDTN-TV

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.