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October 24, 2021

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Grove Road - SR 696 serious accident

Several area rescue units on the scene

This report posted at 3:15 p.m. - Additional photos at the bottom -

A serious accident involving three vehicles has stopped traffic at the intersection of Columbus Grove Road and State Route 696 west of Bluffton. A power pole was struck and is down, and there is a power outage near the accident.

At approximately 2:40 Bluffton police, rescue and fire were called to the scene.

It appears that one vehicle was traveling south on 696. It is undetermined at this time the direction of the other two vehicles. One appears to have struck a power pole and that pole rests atop that vehicle.

EMS personnel were attempting to remove the male driver from the vehicle, which has the power pole on top of it.

The southbound vehicle included a dump truck hauling a Bobcat loader, which fell off onto the road. The truck was leaking gasoline on the the roadbed.

The third vehicle appears to have been pulling a trailer, which became disconnected and landed on the west side of 696.

In addition to Bluffton, agencies at the scene included three state patrol cars, plus units from Pandora-Riley Township, Putnam County EMS and Columbus Grove.

No other information is available at this time.