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One dead in fiery Portage County crash

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RAVENNA, Ohio — Authorities say a passenger is dead in a single-car crash in Portage County that ejected the driver before the vehicle caught fire.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred around 2:40 a.m. Saturday in Paris Township.

Two people were in a 2004 Nissan Titan when it went off the right side of the road, striking a tree. The driver was ejected, but the extent of the injuries wasn’t yet known.

Officials say the car caught fire, killing the passenger trapped inside.

The Highway Patrol says investigators believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. The car was speeding.

The victims’ names are being withheld pending family notification.

The crash remains under investigation.

Paris Township