|Two injured in crash near Antwerp|
|Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:35 PM|
ANTWERP – Two Paulding County men were injured, one seriously, following a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash on Sunday afternoon south of Antwerp.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating an injury crash that occurred at 3:13 p.m. Dec. 29 on Ohio 49 at County Road 162 in Carryall Township, Paulding County.
A 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by Jack DeLong, age 62, of Cecil, was stopped facing westbound on County Road 162 at 49. A 2002 Ford F-250 pickup, driven by Drew Taylor, age 20, of Antwerp, was southbound 49.
According to troopers, DeLong failed to yield to Taylor and proceeded westbound on 162, attempting to cross 49. The pickup trucks collided and went off the southwest side of the intersection. Taylor’s truck subsequently struck a utility pole, breaking it off.
Both vehicles were disabled after coming to rest in a field.
DeLong was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. His injuries could have been minimized by wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt, troopers said. Taylor was wearing his seat belt, which helped to minimize his injuries.
DeLong was subsequently transported from the crash scene by Samaritan LifeFlight to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he is currently listed as stable.
Taylor refused treatment of minor injuries on scene and was released by on-scene medical personnel.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing.
As of 7:18 p.m., Ohio 49 remained closed between Road 162 and Ohio 111 due to the utility wires hanging low over the roadway. Frontier Communication Company is attempting to make repairs on scene and Ohio Department of Transportation personnel have posted road closed signs temporarily redirecting traffic.
Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Antwerp Fire Department and EMS, Parkview Samaritan LifeFlight, Gideon’s Towing and Recovery and R&O Wrecker service.