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Fatal accident closes Route 68 for several hours

A four-vehicle fatal crash on Route 68 south of Kenton closed the roadway for five hours Monday.

The Findlay Post of the State Highway Patrol responded to a collision at the intersection of 68 and Township Road 180 just after nine a.m.

Troopers report that Delmore Kinnear, 59, of Kenton, was driving a 2003 GMC pickup, which was pulling a trailer eastbound on 180.

Kinnear failed to stop at the posted stop sign and struck a southbound 2011 Freightliner semi on 68 operated by Timothy Jasman, 21, of Lacey Springs, Alabama.

After being struck, the semi went of left of center and hit a northbound 2012 Ford pickup driven by Earl Steinle Jr., 53, of Forest.

Steinle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kinnear was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital then flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

William Craig Jr., 44, of Kenton, was driving a Ford minivan southbound on 68 behind the semi.

Craig struck debris in the roadway from the initial collision.

Jasman was hauling a load of wood that spilled onto the roadway.

Jasman and Craig were not injured.

All four drivers were wearing their seat belts.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton Police Department, Kenton Fire Department, Buck Township Fire Department, Pleasant Township Fire Department, Southeast Hardin EMS, BKP EMS, and Dunkirk EMS assisted at the scene.

Troopers continue their investigation.

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