Paulding Township – (12-26-18) The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 11:53 P.M. on Christmas evening on County Road 144 just east of Township Road 83 in Paulding County.
A 2013 Ford Fusion, operated by an unidentified male, was westbound on County Road 144. A Case farm tractor / implement operated by Francis Maag (46) of Paulding, Ohio, was also westbound on County Road 144. The Ford struck the rear of the implement and slid off of the right side of the road where it came to final rest in a ditch.
The unidentified driver was trapped within the motor vehicle and required extrication to be freed. The driver was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana for serious injuries.
The Ford was occupied by three passengers, all who have not been identified at the time of reporting. The front seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Joseph Kuhn, Paulding County Coroner. Both rear seat passengers were transported to Paulding Hospital to be treated. Both were then transported to Parkview Regional for additional treatment. Maag was listed as uninjured.
The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Paulding Fire and EMS, Antwerp Fire and EMS, Samaritan, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and R and O Towing.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
The crash remains under investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts and never drive distracted or impaired.