A woman lost her life around 9:00 Thursday evening when her vehicle went left of center on Rt. 235 and hit a semi head-on.

The woman was northbound on Rt. 235 in a Town & Country when she went left of center and struck a semi. The accident occurred about a half mile north of Rt. 41 in Pike Township.

Sgt. Dallas Root, of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Patrol said that they have not been able to identify the deceased yet.

A press release from Shelby County Department of Job & Family Services identified the victim as 13-year-old Sky Lhamon. They stated that Lhamon took her foster mother’s van and left. She was in the permanent custody of the agency.

The semi driver said he swerved to the right to try to avoid a collision but was not successful. He said when he hit the van, it rolled several times and landed on its top. The semi dragged the van about 100 feet before the truck was able to stop.

Sgt. Root said that the truck was probably traveling at highway speed, since he was not yet to the roundabout. He said the Town & Country was probably not up to highway speed yet, since it had just come through the roundabout.

The semi driver, who was from Indiana, was not injured.

The semi was fueled by either propane or natural gas, and the tanks were leaking. Fluids from both vehicles was all over the highway. Hazmat crews from Springfield were called to handle the fuel spills.

Root said that his investigation had not yet determined why the Town & Country went left of center.

The accident remains under investigation by the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Patrol.

Pike Township Fire crews received assistance from German Township, New Carlisle and Bethel Township.

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