Fatal crash closes Central Avenue


Staff Report



One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash on Central Avenue Wednesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash which occurred at 11:15 a.m. near N. Berkey Southern Road.

A 2003 Ford F150 pickup truck was westbound on Central Avenue when it traveled left of center and struck a dump truck head on, according to the Highway Patrol. After the collision both vehicles became fully engulfed.

The driver of the pickup, whose identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification, died in the crash.

The 2014 Kenworth commercial dump truck was operated by Kenneth Knitz, 54, of Deshler, Ohio, who suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment,

Central Avenue is closed between N. Berkey Southern Road (State Route 295) and Richfield Center Road. A detour is in place and the road will remain closed pending evaluation of the road surface that may have been damage due to extreme heat from the fire.

The crash remains under investigation.

Staff Report