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Deadly crash investigation on Route 51

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The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Route 51 in Clay Township at 1:00 PM on Friday.

54-year-old Russell Warnke of Northwood, Ohio was driving a 2013 Ford F150 pick-up truck with 53-year-old Wanda Warnke also of Northwood in the passenger seat. The pick-up truck was traveling southbound when Mr. Warnke suffered an undisclosed medical problem causing him to drive left of center. He struck head-on a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier traveling north.

The driver of the Cavalier, 32-year-old Jacob Thompson of Toledo, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Deputy Ottawa County Coroner, Doctor David Bodie.

All three people involved in the accident were not wearing seat belts. Mr. Warnke sustained incapacitating injuries in the crash. He was transported via Life Flight to the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Ms. Warnke also suffered serious injuries. She was transported to Toledo St. Vincent Hospital by Allen-Clay Joint Fire and EMS.

Alcohol is not a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation and no citations have been issued.

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