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2 killed when 3 semis, 2 cars crash on 469 in New Haven

August 4, 2018

Two Ohio men died in a fiery crash involving five vehicles on Interstate 469 near New Haven.

The crash occurred about 4:45 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 21 at U.S. 24.

The crash involved three semis and two passenger vehicles, one of which was sandwiched between two of the semis, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Stone said one of the semis was northbound on I-469 when it rear-ended a passenger vehicle, pushing it into the back of another semi, which was pushed into a third semi. The impact knocked that semi on its side and into another passenger vehicle, Stone said.

The vehicle crunched between the semis caught fire, and investigators found two people dead inside after flames were extinguished, Stone said.

The Allen County coroner’s office identified the two men as Benjamin T. Zimmerman, 20, of Defiance, Ohio, and Joseph W. Hedges, 27, of Toledo. Both died of blunt force injuries in the crash, the coroner said.

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