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Head-on highway crash kills 4

Authorities detected the odor of alcohol in the vehicle that was going the wrong way

By Amanda Lee Myers
The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Four people were killed when a minivan carrying a family leaving a Christmas party went the wrong way on a southwestern Ohio highway and hit another minivan whose driver and family were going to see grandparents for the holidays, police said.

The 2:30 a.m. head-on collision on Interstate 75 near Franklin took the lives of three adults and a 7-year-old boy and critically injured two other children, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Stan Jordan.

Alcohol was a suspected factor, he said. Investigators smelled liquor in the minivan that was going the wrong way and found a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, he said.

Jordan said Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield was driving with his children when he turned his minivan around on the highway and started driving the wrong way. The vehicle hit another minivan carrying Scott and Michele Barhorst of Madisonville, Tenn., and their four children, ages 8-18, the officer said.

Nkansah was killed along with his 7-year-old son, David, and 31-year-old Michele Barhorst, Jordan said. Scott Barhorst, 37, later died at a Cincinnati hospital.

Jordan said Nkansah's 4-year-old son, Darius, and the Barhorsts' 9-year-old daughter, Haley, were in critical condition.

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The Barhorsts were headed to St. Mary's in western Ohio to visit the children's grandparents for Christmas, Jordan said. Nkansah's wife was home at the time of the accident, he said.

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Donna Renick Donna Renick Sunday, December 23, 2012 4:14:25 PM Praying for the family...
Scott Deangelo Scott Deangelo Sunday, December 23, 2012 4:16:10 PM my prayers go out to both families of this crash.
John Viglo John Viglo Sunday, December 23, 2012 4:31:01 PM So sad.
Shari Miller Shari Miller Sunday, December 23, 2012 4:39:15 PM So very sad :-(
Johanna Leuzinger Johanna Leuzinger Sunday, December 23, 2012 4:50:49 PM :-(
John Derkach John Derkach Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:00:06 PM my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Beth See Goodrow Beth See Goodrow Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:13:49 PM What the hell is going on in this world. We saw today on the news in Whittier that a man driving was hit head on and lived but his 2 young only sons were killed. Merry f'ing Christmas
Joshua Carbon Joshua Carbon Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:30:14 PM Oh My Lord, Prayers to them all :(
Maria Emerick Maria Emerick Sunday, December 23, 2012 6:07:14 PM this is a better story about the head on collision in Ohio.
Francis Oaks Francis Oaks Sunday, December 23, 2012 6:30:56 PM prayers for the firefighters and ems personnel.
Michael Lamphere Michael Lamphere Monday, December 24, 2012 6:12:12 AM a very sad christmas this year.
Carla Lucas Frizzell Carla Lucas Frizzell Monday, December 24, 2012 9:00:41 AM so sad, that why you should never drink & drive.My apologies if I assume wrong.Prayers for all those involved, may they R I P.
Carol Ann Aubrey-Green Carol Ann Aubrey-Green Monday, December 24, 2012 9:09:09 AM prayers to the family carla may god be with them

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