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Published: Friday, 5/17/2013

Rossford man, 67, dies in 2-vehicle accident


A Rossford man died and a Monclova Township man was hurt after their sport-utility vehicle and motorcycle collided Thursday on State Rt. 65 near the Ohio Turnpike in Perrysburg Township.

Burdette Waxler, 67, who was driving a 2012 Ford Escape, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. He wore a seat belt, troopers said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Waxler possibly suffered a medical condition before the traffic crash, according to the patrol.

Ricky Metzger, 57, the motorcyclist, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with serious injuries but did not appear to be life-threatening, the patrol reported.

Mr. Waxler was driving southwest on Route 65 at about 6:55 a.m. when he drove across the center line and struck the northbound 2007 Yamaha driven by Mr. Metzger, the patrol said. The Escape then went off the south side of the road and struck several mailboxes, a fire hydrant, and several small trees.

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