Fatal Crash In Putnam County

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a man was killed and several people injured in a three-vehicle crash in Putnam County.

The crash happened at around 7:47 Sunday night on U.S. 224 near Road 5.

Investigators say Thomas Sproles, 36, of Stryker, was driving west on U.S. 224 when his Chevy Silverado was hit by an eastbound Ford Escape that swerved into the left lane to miss an eastbound Jeep that was slowing down to make a left turn.

Sproles was pronounced dead at the scene, while five people in the truck were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with injuries.

The Highway Patrol says the driver of the Ford Escape, Jorge Villegas, age 34, of Findlay, and a passenger were flown to a Toledo hospital.

The three people in the Jeep were not injured, according to the Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol says alcohol is a factor in the crash, and Villegas was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The Highway Patrol was assisted on the scene by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa Police Department, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, Putnam County EMA, Putnam
County EMS, Ottawa Fire and EMS, Gilboa Fire Department, Columbus Grove EMS,
Leipsic EMS, Pandora EMS, Continental EMS, Mercy Health Life Flight, Love-Heitmeyer
Funeral Home and 419 Towing.