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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Ohio State Patrol Investigating Fatal Head-on Crash

Norwalk – The Norwalk Post of The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred Wednesday April 26, 2023 at 03:03 PM on Section Line Road 30 north of Old Military Road in Norwich Township, Huron County.

John R. Tracey, age 65, of Willard, was driving a white 2017 Ford pickup northbound on Section Line Road 30. Samuel W. Howell, age 24, of Crestline, was driving a silver 2008 Saturn hatchback southbound on Section Line Road 30. Mr. Tracey attempted to pass another northbound vehicle in a no passing zone and struck Mr. Howell’s Saturn head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway.

Mr. Howell was not wearing a safety belt and was trapped in the hatchback. He was extricated by mechanical means. He died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Mr. Tracey’s safety belt usage is unknown at this time. He sustained serious injuries and was flown by Mercy Health LifeFlight to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Willard Fire and Rescue, Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District, Mercy Health LifeFlight, Huron County Engineer’s Office, The Huron County Coroner’s Office, Secor Funeral Services, and A and M Towing.

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