Ohio State Highway Patrol car

WAYNE COUNTY -- A 75-year-old Akron man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday in Wayne County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers are investigating the crash that occurred on Ohio 585 (Akron Road) just north of milepost 10 within Milton Township of Wayne County.

Thomas B. Cook, 75, of Akron, Ohio was operating a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. Cook was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner Office. Cook was wearing a seatbelt at the time of crash, troopers said.

James J. Rohr, 60, of Doylestown, Ohio was operating a 2003 Ford F-550 pickup. Rohr was flown via Metro Life Flight to Akron City Hospital. Rohr was also wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, troopers said.

Initial investigation revealed Cook was traveling southwest on Ohio 585 and went left of center, striking Rohr's vehicle head on. Rohr was traveling northeast on Ohio 585.

Cook’s vehicle came to a stop in the center of the road, while Rohr’s vehicle had stopped in the northbound lane of travel.

Assisting on scene were the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Doylestown Police Department, Smithville Police Department, Rittman Police Department, Rittman Fire and EMS, Sterling Fire and EMS, North End Garage, and the Wayne County Coroner Office.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time.

It's the second fatal crash within Wayne County this year.

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