Crash on State Route 288 claims two lives


Staff Report



IBERIA — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a double fatal crash that occurred on Wednesday around 5:25 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 38 and State Route 288 in North Bloomfield Township.

Jesse G. Melba, 28, of Mansfield was driving a 2006 Nissan Maxima westbound on SR 288. Melba had a passenger, Je’nill L. Pahl, 32, of Galion.

Edward P. Moran, 30, of Lexington was driving a 2013 Chevrolet 3500 eastbound on SR 288.

Melba drove left of center to avoid a rear-end crash with another vehicle. At that time, Melba and Moran struck each other head-on.

Melba and Pahl were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

Moran was transported to the Galion Community Hosptial with incapacitating injuries. Moran was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected factors in this crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Iberia Fire Department and Morrow County EMS. The crash remains under investigation by the Mount Gilead Post of The Ohio Highway Patrol.

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Staff Report