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UPDATE: Forest man killed in pileup crash

Kenton resident critical

KENTON — A 53-year-old Forest man was killed in a four-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 68 south of Kenton Monday morning.


First responders investigate the scene of a fatal four-vehicle accident that occured about three miles south of Kenton at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Township Road 180 at 9:11 a.m. Monday. (KENTON TIMES PHOTO/TY THAXTON)

Earl Ray Steinle Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene while Delmore C. Kinnear, 59, of Kenton, was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later flown to Grant Medical Center, Columbus, troopers of the Findlay post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report.

Mr. Kinnear was listed in critical condition at the hospital, according to Kenton Times reports.

Troopers report Mr. Kinnear was eastbound on Township Road 180 at 9:11 a.m. when he failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by Timothy J. Jasman, 21, of Lacey’s Spring, Ala.

After striking Mr. Kinnear’s pickup, the tractor-trailer went left of center and struck Mr. Steinle’s northbound pickup truck, troopers report.

Wood from Mr. Jasman’s load spilled onto the highway and caused William C. Craig Jr., 44, of Kenton, to crash his minivan.

Mr. Jasman and Mr. Craig escaped injury, troopers report. All drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is not considered a factor.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; Southeast Hardin, Dunkirk and BKP emergency squads; Kenton police and fire departments; and Buck and Pleasant township fire departments assisted at the scene.

Traffic on U.S. 68 was closed for about five hours while crews removed the debris.

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