On January 17, 2019 at approximately 12:53pm Darke County Skeriff Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire, Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement and Darke County Coroner’s Office responded to the 3000 block of US Route 127 on a fatal head-on crash involving a semi tractor-trailer and a pick up truck.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Red 2003 Ford Ranger driven by John K. Cecil 67, of Hamilton Ohio was traveling northbound on US Route 127 following a semi tractor-trailer. The Ford Ranger attempted to pass this semi and collided head-on into a southbound Red 1989 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer driven by Travis D. Hertel 36, of Liberty Indiana. Cecil was pronounced dead at the scene and Hertel was treated and released at the scene.

Darke County EMA was also on scene for a diesel fuel spill into the side ditch. US Route 127 was closed for approximately 6 hours for investigation and diesel fuel clean up.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.