Ohio State Highway Patrol car

MARION -- Troopers from the Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Wednesday at 2:09 p.m. on Marseilles-Galion Road (County Road 26), east of Martel Road (County Road 171), in Tully Township.

The crash involved a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by a David Burns, 72, of Marion, and a John Deere lawn tractor, driven by Jerry Baldinger, 61, of Caledonia.

Troopers said Burns was westbound on Marseilles-Galion Road when the lawn tractor entered the roadway from the north. The Chevrolet collided with the tractor before both vehicles became engulfed in flames.

Baldinger was transported from the scene by First Consolidated EMS to Marion General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Burns was transported from the scene by Marion Township EMS to Marion General Hospital with minor injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, First Consolidated Fire and EMS, Marion Township EMS, and B&B Towing Service.

This crash remains under investigation, according to the patrol.

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