Driver in overpass crash in fair condition

Staff Report

The driver of a vehicle which went off an overpass over the weekend remained hospitalized Monday.

Nicholas Halaoui, 28, of St. Paris, was listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, as of Monday afternoon.

Halaoui was the driver of a vehicle which careened off the U.S. Route 68 overpass near West County Line Road and West Dallas Road landing in an area near railroad tracks and the bike path.

On Sunday at 8:38 a.m., Champaign County 911 dispatch received a call about a single-vehicle accident at the highway overpass that stretches across the bike path. Urbana Fire and EMS and Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and found a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Halaoui had been traveling southbound in the median of Route 68 when it went off the overpass and crashed to the railroad tracks below. The railroad tracks run closely parallel to the bike path.

An initial investigation showed the crash occurred between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Halaoui was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.

Halaoui was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital on Sunday morning.

Staff Report