Community shaken after family of 3 killed in Preble County crash

Community shaken after 3 people killed in Preble County crash (WKEF/WRGT)

CAMDEN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - When tragedy strikes a community like Camden, a flood of questions enter your mind.

"Your first question, 'Do we know them?' because being from a small town, that's often the case," said Pastor Greg Jackson with First Southern Baptist Church.

Jackson got a call around 3 p.m. Tuesday, asking to open his church's doors, after a horrific accident happened right outside in the intersection of 725 and 127.

Jackson told FOX 45's Shavon Anderson that in times like these, faith is one of the only places to turn.

"We may not understand why this has happened, but we know one thing," he said. "God loves us, and he'll carry us through this."

The Preble County Sheriff's Office confirmed three people died after a semi and three other cars were involved in the crash. Melissa and Schon Hudson, both 35 from Camden, and Emerie Hudson, 3 of Camden, had been travelling eastbound on State Route 725 into the intersection with U.S. Route 127. The Preble County Sheriff's Office said evidence has led them to believe that the semi ran through a red light while heading southbound on 127 and hit the Jeep.

All three people inside were pronounced dead at the scene. The semi driver, 61-year-old Brian Murphy of Centerville, Indiana, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries.

"The other two vehicles, we believe they were occupied one time each," said Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock. "Those are non-life threatening injuries in those vehicles."

So far, no charges have been filed.

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