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Published: Wednesday, 3/13/2002

Airport Hwy. crash leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt

A West Virginia man was killed and a Toledo man was hurt yesterday when a car and van collided head-on on Airport Highway in Springfield Township, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Robert L. Gissy, 57, of Parkersburg, W.Va., driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was trapped in the car, the patrol said. George E. Lester Jr., 76, of Toledo, driver of the van, was flown to Medical College of Ohio Hospitals. His condition last night was withheld at the family's request.

The van driven by Mr. Lester was eastbound on Airport just east of Old Airport Highway about 2:10 p.m. when it crossed the centerline and drove into the path of the westbound car driven by Mr. Gissy, a trooper said. It was unclear why the van crossed the centerline, the trooper said.

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