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Published: Tuesday, 10/1/2013 - Updated: 3 years ago

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in Sylvania Township



One person died after a three-vehicle crash today on West Central Avenue at Herr Road in Sylvania Township, troopers at the Toledo post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Gary A. Ford, 58, of Berkey, was stopped on eastbound Central, waiting to turn north on Herr Road about 1:05 p.m., when a car driven by Austin M. Smith, 19, of Ottawa Lake struck the rear of Mr. Ford's sport-utility vehicle and forcing it left of center, troopers said. Mr. Ford's vehicle was struck by a westbound tractor-trailer driven by Thomas L. Mika, 61, of Lyons, Ohio. Mr. Ford's vehicle went off the north side of the road and overturned.

Mr. Ford was taken to Flower Hospital, where he later died. Mr. Smith and Mr. Mika were not injured. All the drivers wore seat belts. 

Central was closed at Herr in both directions for more than three hours.

The crash remains under investigation, troopers said.


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