BLUFFTON — Two Findlay residents were killed and a third person was seriously injured in a car-truck accident Sunday night on Interstate 75, north of Bluffton, the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol reported.
According to the patrol, Benjamin Wallen, 25, of Findlay, was driving a 2013 Kia Forte south on Interstate 75, about a mile south of the Ohio 103 exit, at 6:14 p.m. when he lost control of the car. The car went off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median and was struck by a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Martin Sparks, 64, of Fayetteville, the patrol said.
After impact, the truck went off the roadway, striking several trees and a fence.
Wallen was wearing a safety belt, but was ejected from the car, the patrol said. A passenger in the back seat of the Kia, Amelia Adams, 30, of Findlay, was not wearing a safety belt and also was ejected from the car. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Bluffton EMS.
A 14-year-old boy, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the patrol reported. The boy was wearing a safety belt.
Sparks was not injured.
The accident affected traffic in both directions for over two hours.
Assisting at the scene were Bluffton Fire and EMS, Mount Cory Fire Department, Bluffton Police Department, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ed’s Towing and Dick’s Towing.
The accident remains under investigation.