OTTAWA –  The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a double fatal crash involving three vehicles that occurred on June 6, at approximately 2:38 p.m. The crash occurred on SR 65 near Road 9K in the  Township of Ottawa in Putnam County.

Unit 1 – Driven by 62-year-old Christine A. Hayden of Columbus Grove, Driving a black 2008 Buick Lucerne

Unit 1 – Unit right front passenger, 85 year old Joan M. Beam of Columbus Grove

Unit 2 – Driven by 37 year old Asa J. Mortimer of Columbus Grove, Driving a blue 1991 Mitsubishi truck

Unit 3 – Driven by 59 year old Alan J. Ducey of Ottawa. Driving a silver, 2000 Lexus LS400.

Ducey was northbound on SR 65 approaching stopped traffic at Road 9K. Hayden and. Beam were traveling southbound on SR 65 approaching Road 9K. Mortimer was also southbound on SR 65 behind Hayden’s vehicle. Ducey drove his vehicle left of center in order to avoid striking the stopped vehicles ahead of him. Ducey’s vehicle went head on with Hayden and Beam’s southbound vehicle. Mortimer, who was still southbound, then struck Hayden and Beam’s vehicle in the rear.

Hayden and  Beam were trapped in their vehicle and the ‘jaws of life’ were utilized by Kalida and Ottawa Fire Departments in order to remove them from the wreckage. Hayden was rushed to St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care in Ottawa by Putnam County EMS with critical injuries and she later succumbed to her injuries. Beam was flown to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, also in critical condition where she later succumbed to her injuries as well.

Ducey was rushed to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima by Putnam County EMS with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Mortimer was taken to St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care in Ottawa by Putnam County EMS with minor injuries where he was treated and released.

The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Putnam County Sheriffs Office, Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa and Kalida Fire Department, life flight, The Shop Towing and DAB Towing.

All occupants were properly restrained and alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash.