Ohio State Highway Patrol investigating two fatal crashes in Stark County

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STARK COUNTY – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating two separate crashes in Stark County that were both fatal.

The first crash occurred Friday around 9:30 p.m. in Waynesburg. A 1996 Ford Ranger was traveling northbound on State Route 43 when it was passing around a curve and struck a semi. The Ford then continued off the road and struck a tree.

The male driver of the Ford, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male semi driver, 56, was not hurt. Both men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and it remains under investigation.

The second crash occurred just before 2 p.m. on Saturday on Easton Street at the Columbus Road intersection in Nimishillen Township.

The female driver of a Ford Fiesta, 35, was traveling eastbound on Easton Street when she turned in front of a truck traveling westbound.

The truck rolled over after the crash and none of the four occupants were wearing seat belts.

The Fiesta driver was also not wearing her seat belt. She was trapped in her car after the crash and pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

The two adults, 41, and two children, 8 and 10, within the truck were injured, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.