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A 36-year-old New Carlisle man died in a motorcycle crash on Ohio 235 on Wednesday, hours after two Tecumseh High School graduates were killed in a one-vehicle crash in Kentucky.

Nicholas Martin was pronounced dead at the scene of the Bethel Twp. crash shortly after noon.

Martin was traveling south on Ohio 235 near Scarff Road when he reportedly ran into the back of a truck that was turning left into the Scarff’s Nursery entrance, Lt. Brian Aller with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield Post said.

“The motorcycle rider laid down his motorcycle and struck the right rear of the truck as it turned left,” Aller said.

Martin was wearing a helmet and had no obvious trauma to his head, Aller said, but he suffered fatal injuries to his body.

Three occupants of the truck, Nathan Burkholder, 19; Elle Burkholder, 15; and Kristen Burkholder, 42; were treated by medics at the scene and released.

Earlier in the day, a New Carlisle teenager and a Logan County woman who both reportedly graduated from Tecumseh High School were killed in a crash on Interstate 71 in Carroll County, Ky.

Ashton Hepburn, 19, a 2014 Tecumseh graduate, and Nikki Vicory, 29, of Lakeview in Logan County, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on northbound I-71 at the 39 mile marker, according to a release from Kentucky State Police.

Police said Hepburn and Vicory were passengers in the vehicle driven by Rebecca Horsley, 21, of Columbus, when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and overturned.

Hepburn and Vicory weren’t wearing seat belts, police said, and were ejected in the crash. Horsley was hurt and transported to a Cincinnati hospital.