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Published: Sunday, 2/26/2012 - Updated: 3 years ago

Truck driver hits tree, crashes into home


SANDUSKY — A driver and his passenger were killed in a fiery crash Sunday after he lost control of a pickup truck and drove off the road into a yard, striking a tree, and then catching a house on fire in Sandusky, police said.

Police identified Bradley Vickery, 30, of Bellevue, Ohio, as the passenger who died from his injuries at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

Authorities are still determining the male driver’s identity. The driver was so badly burned, authorities at first could not identify the person’s gender and will use dental records to verify his identity, said Sgt. Michael Knoll of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m. when the driver was traveling west on Perkins Avenue near Pipe Street and drove off the right side of the road into a yard.

The two men, who were not wearing seat belts, were both thrown from the pickup truck.

Sergeant Knoll said police are still investigating to determine how fast the truck was traveling, but speed “is definitely a factor” in the crash.

After hitting the tree, the burning 1997 F-150 truck spun around then came to rest next to a house where it then caught the house on fire.

The residents safely escaped from the home, and are staying in a hotel for likely a few days because the fire caused moderate damage, Sergeant. Knoll said.

It was the second double-fatal car crash reported Sunday in the region.

Two people were killed and another person was critically injured in a head-on car collision early Sunday morning in Monroe County’s Erie Township in Michigan.

Contact Gabrielle Russon at: grusson@theblade.com or 419-724-6026.

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