Springfield man killed, woman critically injured in head-on crash

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Springfield man killed, woman critically injured in head-on crash

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A 32-year-old Springfield man died Sunday afternoon in a head-on crash in Clark County.

The Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash on State Route 41 near Jacksonville Road.

A passenger in one of the vehicles involved, Nicholas P. Niedbalski, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, that happened at about 2:55 p.m.

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A 2006 Ford F-250 driven by Zachary A. Payton, 30, of Springfield, was traveling northbound on State Route 41, according to a press release from the patrol.

Payton reportedly took evasive action to avoid striking a vehicle in the rear, the patrol said, drove left of the center line and struck a southbound 2016 Honda CR-V driven by Danielle D. Dukes-Niedbalski 34, of Springfield.

Payton was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Dukes-Niedbalski was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The crash closed State Route 41 for approximately three hours.

German Twp. police and fire/EMS officials responded to the scene, assisting the patrol.

The crash remains under investigation, troopers said.