(Times Bulletin/Kirk Dougal)
(Times Bulletin/Kirk Dougal)
VAN WERT - The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday morning that sent three persons to Van Wert County Hospital.

According to the patrol, Matthew Young, 30, Wapakoneta was northbound on U.S. 127 just after 9:30 a.m., driving a straight truck when he dropped his drink in the cab of the vehicle. With the cruise control set at 60 mph, Young reached down to pick up the drink container.

When he had retrieved the container, he looked up to see a service pickup truck stopped in the road ahead of him, waiting to make a left turn onto Cooper Rd., just south of Van Wert. Young's truck struck the other vehicle in the rear, pushing it into a nearby yard. The straight truck remained in the roadway. Contrary to prior reports, no one was believed to have been ejected from either vehicle.

The driver of the pickup, Chris Rowe, 32, Scott and a passenger, Richard Dodge, 49, Venedocia, were both injured in the crash, as was Young. The extent of the injuries are unknown. The victims were taken to Van Wert Hospital by Brickner Ambulance and Ohio City EMS. The Van Wert County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the accident site.

Young was cited by the OSHP for failing to keep an assured clear distance ahead while driving.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. U.S. 127 was closed for a period of time to allow crews to clean up the roadway. The accident remains under investigation.