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MARION – A 52-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday afternoon in Marion County, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report.

Troopers from the Marion Post are investigating the incident that took place at 1 p.m. on State Route 309 west of mile post 25 in Claridon Township.

The crash involved a 2015 Chevrolet Spark, driven by Rick L. Beltz, 52, of New Bloomington, and a 2019 International Tractor and trailer, driven by Jeffrey D. Hunter, 56, of Decatur, Georgia.

The preliminary investigation indicated Hunter was traveling eastbound on Ohio 309. Beltz was traveling westbound on Ohio 309, drove left of the centerline into the eastbound lane and struck the left rear axle of the trailer.

Beltz was pronounced dead on scene by the Marion County Coroner, Dr. Mark Davis. Beltz was not wearing a seat belt at the time of crash. Hunter was not injured in the crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Ma rion County Sheriff’s Office, First Consolidated Fire Department, Marion Township Fire Department, Ohio Department of Transportation, Kirby’s Towing, and Ed’s Towing.

This crash remains under investigation.

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