Times Bulletin Staff Report
PAULDING COUNTY — One man was life-flighted to a Fort Wayne hospital after a serious crash north of Antwerp Sunday afternoon.
According the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash of two pick-up trucks at the intersection of St. Rd. 49 and Paulding County Road 162 at 3:39 p.m. could be alcohol-related.
The collision happened when a 1995 Ford F-150 driven by Jack Delong, 62, Cecil failed to yield to a 2002 Ford F-250 driven by Drew Taylor, 20, Antwerp as Delong attempted to cross St. Rd. 49. Taylor’s truck struck Delong’s truck and both vehicle went off the southwest side of the intersection. Taylor’s truck also broke off a utility pole before both vehicles came to rest in a field.
Delong was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was taken from the scene via helicopter to Parkview Regional Hospital. Taylor was wearing a seat belt and was treated for minor injuries on the scene.
The patrol noted that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash but did not mention which driver or drivers were suspected.
Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Antwerp Volunteer Fire & EMS, Parkview Samaritan LifeFlight, Gideon’s Towing and Recovery, and R & O Wrecker service.