|Two killed in three-vehicle accident|
|Friday, June 06, 2014 8:00 PM|
OTTAWA — Two Columbus Grove residents died Friday after a three-vehicle accident on State Route 65 near Road 9K in Ottawa.
Alan Ducey, 59, of Ottawa was northbound on SR 65 approaching stopped traffic at Road 9K. Ducey drove his vehicle left of center to avoid striking the stopped vehicles ahead of him and struck a vehicle driven by Christine Hayden, 62, of Columbus Grove, who was traveling southbound.
Asa Mortimer, 37, of Columbus Grove, who was also traveling southbound behind Hayden’s vehicle, then ran into the back of Hayden’s vehicle.
Hayden had one passenger in her vehicle, Joan Beam, 85, of Columbus Grove. Both Hayden and Beam were trapped in the vehicle and the “jaws of life” were used to extract them from the wreckage.
Hayden was taken to St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care in Ottawa by Putnam County EMS with critical injuries and later died from her injuries.
Beam was flown to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, also in critical condition. She later died of her injuries.
Ducey was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Mortimer was taken to St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care in Ottawa with minor injuries where he was treated and released.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa and Kalida Fire Department, Life Flight, The Shop Towing and DAB Towing all assisted at the scene.
All occupants were using seatbelts and alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash.