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Kenton trucker survives crash, exits vehicle, hit by car

DELPHOS — A trucker survived a crash in thick fog Tuesday morning, only to exit his vehicle and be hit by a car, according to local reports.

The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the crash at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday on Acadia Road, just south of Upperman Road in Van Wert County.

Dennis E. Dick, 60, of Kenton, was stopped northbound on Acadia Road in a tractor-trailer after he was involved in a previous crash. He walked to the rear of his vehicle and was struck by a car driven by Jacob C. Honigford, 17, of Cloverdalem, which was traveling north on Acadia Road in thick fog. The teen swerved to the right to avoid the rig and hit Dick as he tried to move out of the way. The Honigford auto then hit a utility pole.

Jacob was transported to Van Wert County Hospital with minor injuries and Dick was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center, where he was in critical condition. Honigford was wearing his seat belt, and alcohol was not involved.

There were no citations issued in the crash; it was deemed weather-related, but remains under investigation.

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