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Man dies in Turnpike accident

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Aug 23, 2019 at 8:37 AM

BROWNHELM TOWNSHIP — The Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash near the westbound exit ramp from The Ohio Turnpike to Baumhart Road in Lorain County.

Preliminary investigation determined a westbound commercial vehicle veered off the right side of the road, traveled through a grass gore, hit an embankment for the exit/entrance ramp lanes, vaulted over the lanes, struck a minivan, and came to rest in a ditch off the side of the roadway.

The commercial vehicle then caught fire with the driver trapped inside. 

The names of all parties involved are listed below:

The driver of the commercial vehicle has been identified as Jeffery Jerome Felder, 50, of Cordova, S.C. Felder was operating a white 2015 International semi- tractor pulling a box trailer. The trailer was loaded with miscellaneous freight, none hazardous. Felder died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. There were no other vehicle occupants. Due to the extent of the damage to his vehicle, his safety belt use at the time of the crash is unknown.

The driver of the minivan has been identified as William J. Bourg Jr., 40, of Olmsted Falls. Bourg was operating a blue 2016 Chrysler Town and Country with three passengers.  Bourg was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash and had no apparent injuries. His right-front passenger has been identified as Emma Yates-Bourg, 45, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Yates-Bourg was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash and received serious injuries. She was transported from the scene by Life Care EMS to Mercy Lorain Hospital. There were two juvenile passengers in the minivan at the time of the crash. Both were properly restrained in child safety seats and neither received any serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. At this time, it does not appear that alcohol, drugs, or speed were factors in the crash.

The Patrol was assisted on scene by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Maintenance Department, Ohio EPA, South Amherst Fire, Life Care EMS, and Interstate Towing.

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