Ashtabula County man dies when truck strikes prison van

CONNEAUT, Ohio — An Ashtabula County, Ohio, man was killed today when the truck he was driving slammed into a parked prison van on Route 7 in Conneaut. Vernon Dell, 79, of Monroe Township, Ohio, was driving south on Route 7 around 11:40 a.m. when his vehicle struck the van, which had stopped because of a prior accident near the intersection of Welton Road, said Tom Despenes, an investigator with the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

Dell was taken to University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Despenes said. The cause of death has not been established. Several inmates in the parked van suffered minor injuries, Despenes said.

Conneaut police said both crashes are under investigation.

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Ashtabula County man dies when truck strikes prison van

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