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OHP: lack of seatbelt worsened injuries in Paulding Co. crash

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a properly adjusted seatbelt could have minimized the injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Cecil man in a crash on Sunday afternoon.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. on SR49 at County Road 162 in Paulding County.

Jack Delong, 62, of Cecil was stopped facing westbound. A truck driven by 20-year-old Drew Taylor of Antwerp was southbound on SR49.

Officers say Delong failed to yield and pulled in front of Taylor.  The truck struck Mr. Delong's pickup and both trucks went off the southwest side of the intersection.

Mr. Taylor's truck struck a utility pole so hard it broke it off. Both vehicles came to rest a field.

Mr. Delong was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported by air ambulance to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne. Officers say he was not wearing a seatbelt and they feel his iinjuries could have been minimized if he had been properly restrained.

Mr. Taylor refused treatment of minor injuries on the scene.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

SR49 was closed Sunday night between CR162 and SR111 due to utility wires hanging low over the roadway. Frontier Communication company was attempting to make repairs.

 

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