UPDATE: Columbus Grove man killed in crash near Kalida

KALIDA — A Columbus Grove man was killed early Wednesday when his pickup crashed into a truck trailer that was straddling Ohio 115.
According to the Lima post of the State Highway Patrol, Adrian W. Birkemier, 80, was driving north on Ohio 115 near Road M at about 5:22 a.m. when his Ford Ranger struck the side of a Volvo commercial truck driven by Shane M. Baker, 36, of Fremont, Indiana.
Baker was attempting to back into a private driveway and his trailer was completely across the roadway at the time of the accident, according to the patrol.
Firefighters from the Kalida Fire Department removed Birkemier from his vehicle with the Jaws of Life apparatus. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the post.
The accident remains under investigation, the patrol reported.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kalida Emergency Medical Service and Meyers Towing assisted at the scene.


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