Local High School Student Killed in Head-On Crash

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James Thompson, 18, died Saturday at the scene of a head-on collision in Franklin Township. (Photo credit: Mansfield News Journal)

MANSFIELD, Ohio — An 18-year-old high school student died Saturday afternoon after his vehicle collided head-on with a mini fire pumper truck, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Mansfield post confirmed.

The accident happened just after 1 p.m. on Oswalt Road, near Franklin Church Road, in Franklin Township.

According to OSHP Sgt. Jeff Redden, a pickup truck driven by Madison Comprehensive High School senior James Thompson hit the Franklin Township Fire Department vehicle as it was returning from a training exercise.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

His 17-year-old passenger, a junior at Madison Comprehensive High School, was taken to MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital for unknown injuries. The student’s identity was not immediately released pending family notification.

Redden said the driver of the fire pumper truck was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Crash investigators believe Thompson was speeding, Redden said.

Madison Local School District Superintendent Lee Kaple told Fox 8 News that Thompson was one month away from graduation.

The teen’s father, Jim Thompson, teaches precision machining at Madison Comprehensive High School. James was a student in his father’s class, Kaple said.

“Both students have a lot of friends at the school, and the school district sends out our thoughts and prayers to both of the families,” Kaple said.

Grief counselors will be available to students all day on Monday.

Stay with Fox 8 News and FOX8.com for updates on this story as they become available.