Two men killed in head-on crash on State Route 2 in Ottawa County

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Two men were killed in a head-on collision involving a tractor trailer on State Route 2 in Ottawa County Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 12:44 near Lickert-Harder Road in Benton Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said 60-year-old Michael Aten of Vermilion crossed the center line and struck a tractor trailer that was going the opposite direction.

Aten's car spun off to one side of the road, while the truck went off the road and into a ditch, troopers said. A steel coil that was on the trailer of the truck broke loose from its bindings and struck the cab of the truck before also landing in the ditch.

Both Aten and the driver of the truck, 52-year-old Ricky Jackson of Struthers (Mahoning County), were pronounced dead at the scene.

The patrol said Aten was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, but it's not known if Jackson was wearing his.

Troopers are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

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