KALIDA — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle fatal crash involving a commercial vehicle that occurred on Sept. 3 at approximately 5:22 a.m. The crash occurred on SR 115 near Road M in Union Township in Putnam County.

A 2004 Ford Ranger, driven by Adrian W. Birkemier, 80, of Columbus Grove was northbound on SR 115 when he struck the left side of
a 2015 Volvo semi truck driven by Shane M. Baker, 36, of Fremont, Indiana. Baker was backing his commercial truck and trailer on SR 115 from the south to the east into a private drive near Sarka Electric.

Baker's trailer was completely across the roadway when Birkemier's vehicle struck the trailer, lodging the pickup underneath the semi-trailer. Birkemier was trapped in his vehicle and the "jaws of life" were utilized by the Kalida Fire Department in order to remove him from the wreckage. Birkemier succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Kalida Fire and EMS and Meyers Towing.

Birkemier was not wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt and alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.