Liberty Township (6-14-22) – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle injury crash that occurred on U.S. 127, at State Route 81, in Van Wert County.

On June 13, 2022, at approximately 11:30 P.M., a 2022 Peterbilt, driven by Avery Delaney (62) of Schoolcraft, Michigan was southbound on U.S. 127. Also southbound on U.S. 127, was a 2013 Hyundai, driven by James Cave (60) of Spencerville, Ohio. Delaney attempted to overtake Cave near the intersection of State Route 81. During the attempt to pass, Delaney was struck by Cave as the Cave vehicle attempted to turn east onto State Route 81. The Peterbilt overturned onto its side and came to a final rest in the roadway. The Hyundai came to a final rest on the west side of U.S. 127.

Delaney was transported to Van Wert Health, where he was treated for minor injuries and later released. Cave was transported to Van Wert Health, then to St. Rita’s for treatment of serious injuries.

State Troopers with the Van Wert Post were assisted on scene by Van Wert Fire and EMS, Ohio City Fire and EMS, Van Wert County EMA, and Hague Towing and Recovery.