One dead after head-on crash on U.S. 33 in Mercer County

UPDATE @ 6:34 a.m.:

A man is dead after a serious crash on U.S. 33 west of Sites Road in Mercer County.

According to a press release from the Wapakoneta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers responded to a report of a crash Friday, Aug. 30 at around 7:56 p.m.

After investigation, troopers found that Timothy D. Huffman, 32, of Spencerville was driving a silver 2004 Chevrolet Malibu westbound on U.S. 33. Meanwhile, Shirley A. Price, 71, of Rockford, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 33 in a dark blue 2006 Ford Freestyle.

Huffman traveled left of center into the eastbound lane. Price drove towards the westbound lane to try to avoid the Malibu, but crashed head-on into it. Both vehicles sustained severe damage.

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Shirley Price and passenger, Marion L. Price, were transported by Rockford EMS to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. “Mrs. Price was taken by LifeFlight to St. Ritas Hospital for incapacitating injuries. Mr. Price was taken by Rockford EMS to St. Ritas for non-incapacitating injuries,” the release said.

Huffman was pronounced dead at the scene by Celina EMA personnel and was transported to the Lehman Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina.

Huffman was not wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt, and both Shirley and Marion Price were.

Alcohol is not suspected in the crash, although the cause of Huffman traveling left of center is unknown.

The crash remains under investigation.


Crews were called tonight to a crash reported at the T-intersection of U.S. 33 and Sites Road north of Celina in Mercer County.

According to initial reports, injuries were believed to be serious.

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We are working to find out more information about the crash that happened sometime before 8 p.m.

The crash is under investigation by the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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