LOGAN — Troopers with the Ohio State highway Patrol answered an emergency call for a fatal crash Friday involving two individuals from the City of Logan. The crash left one with serious injuries and one dead.

According to the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it is still investigating the crash involving two vehicles, which happened on U.S. 33, close to mile post six, in Hocking County.

The Athens post reported that the incident happened at around 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. According to troopers, a 2012 Nissan Altima, operated by 40-year-old Benjamin Welch, a resident of Logan, was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Route 33.

A 2007 Jeep Patriot, driven by 20-year old Kelsey Brown of Logan, was also traveling eastbound on state Route 33 and was subsequently struck in a head-on collision by Welch.

Brown was flown from the scene by Med-Flight to Grant Hospital in Columbus. When he was transported, the Ohio State Highway Patrol described the 20-year-old’s injuries as “serious.”

According to the patrol, Welch was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hocking County Coroner, Dr. David Cummin.

Assisting the state highway patrol were agencies including Hocking County EMS, Logan Fire Department, Logan Police Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.

The Athens Post stated in its report that the crash remains under investigation at this time.


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