TROY — The Vandalia-Butler community is mourning the death of a grandmother and grandaughter who were killed in a head-on crash in Troy Sunday morning.
According to our news partners at WDTN, Lois Ellis, 69, of Vandalia, and her granddaughter Gabrielle Ellis, 12, of Union, died at the scene of the crash.
Gabrielle is a student at Morton Middle School in Vandalia. Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin said in a statement that the District is prepared to help students at the school to cope with the tragedy.
“This is a very difficult time for the entire Vandalia-Butler community,” said Neavin. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this very difficult time. This is a tight-knit community and we will experience this loss as any family would. We will be providing support to our students and our staff as we deal with this loss.”
Neavin said all Morton Middle School sporting events scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12 have been postponed.
“At this point, we will continue as planned for the rest of the week,” he said. “No memorial arrangements have been announced.”
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, West Milton Fire Department, and Union Township Life Squad responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Nashville Road around 11 a.m. Bystanders on the scene were reportedly performing CPR on one victim.
Deputies, firefighters and medics arrived and found both victims had died at the scene.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office Major Steve Lord said that a black vehicle, driven by Ellis, that was driving north on Nashville Road went left of center, striking a southbound minivan head-on.
The driver of the van sustained injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Union Township Life Squad.
Family members, including Gabrielle’s mother, father, and 8-year-old brother were in another vehicle that was in front of the one involved in the crash. The family was reportedly on their way to Piqua for a wrestling meet.
Nashville Road was closed for several hours as deputies worked the crash scene.
A crash reconstruction team from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. It is believed weather may have played a factor.
Mike Ullery of the Troy Daily News contributed to this story.
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