Head-on crash claims Urbana woman

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Troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Route 68 at County Road 5 just north of West Liberty.

Norma Jeannine Thomas-Smith, 81, of Urbana, was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Impala car southbound on U.S. 68 about 3 p.m. when she drove left of center and struck a northbound 2000 Toyota Tacoma truck, troopers report.

Ms. Thomas-Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Melanie J. Manns, 48, of Ada, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Macochee Joint Ambulance District and the patrol's crash reconstruction unit assisted at the scene.

Alcohol is not suspected as a factor. The drivers were each wearing seat belts.

The crash — the sixth traffic fatality in Logan County this year — remains under investigation.