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Ashland Crestview High School wrestling coach dies in head-on crash in Ashland County

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Posted at 7:47 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 13:06:26-05

CLEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities in Ashland County are investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash that killed the football and wrestling coach of Ashland Crestview High School on Monday night, according to a release from the Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on State Route 545 at milepost 2 in Clear Creek Township on Monday night.

Troopers said a vehicle, identified as unit 1, and another vehicle, identified as unit 3 in the news release, were traveling north on State Route 545 when unit 1 attempted to pass unit 3 on a double yellow marked roadway when it struck unit 2 head on.

Unit 1 then struck unit 3 before overturning, causing both the vehicles to travel off the right side of the roadway. Unit 2 overturned and traveled off the left side of the roadway.

The driver of unit 1, identified as Jesse Campbell, 31, of Oberlin, was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner, troopers said.

Campbell was the football and wrestling coach for Ashland Crestview High School, according to a Facebook post from the school.

"He had a great drive and passion to push his athletes not just in sports but as individuals as well. Coach Campbell was a brother to many and a friend to all. The Crestview Wrestling and Football program will carry his memory high, and we are thankful to be able to call him coach and friend," the school said in a Facebook statement.

The driver of unit 2 was taken to MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield before being life-flighted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he remains in serious condition.

The passenger of unit 2 was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver and passenger of unit 3 sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Campbell was not wearing a seat belt, according to troopers.

The fatal crash remains under investigation.