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Two killed in fiery crash

MT. VICTORY — Two people were killed early Tuesday morning in a fiery crash in a meadow north of Mt. Victory.

According to officers at the scene, the report of the accident came in at 5:10 a.m. when a pickup truck was found burning in a pasture at the home of Dale Osborn.

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a single-vehicle crash Tuesday that killed two people in a pasture along County Road 200 north of Mt. Victory. (PHOTO/DAN ROBINSON, KENTON TIMES)

The pickup's driver has been identified as Michael Fay Jr., 35, of Kenton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. A passenger's identity has not yet been released by authorities.

Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the pickup had been southbound on Township Road 199. The roadway continues past County Road 200 into a lane onto Osborn’s property.

The truck proceeded down the lane, past the house and barn and into the open pasture before striking some large rocks at the edge of a woods and bursting into flames, troopers said.

There were no skid marks in the grass of the field, according to troopers

Sheriff Keith Everhart reported later that deputies had discovered the vehicle in the accident had been dropped off by its owner at 4:15 a.m. today at Cars Plus in Kenton, where it was to be repaired.

 Deputies believe the truck was taken from the garage and then taken for a “joy ride,” said the sheriff.

The sheriff’s office and the patrol are working together to identify the victims in the crash, Everhart said. Anyone with information is asked to contact his office at 419-673-1268.

Traffic has been detoured at Ohio 31 near the site of the crash because of a culvert repair project. Some drivers have taken Township Road 199 to get around the closed road.

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