CELINA — Law enforcement officials in Mercer County are investigating a fatal crash that took place along U.S. 33 early Sunday morning.
Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 3:31 a.m. Sunday reporting of a crash on U.S. 33 west of Lombard Road in Dublin Township. A maroon colored 2002 Jeep Liberty was west bound on U.S. 33. The Jeep left the north side of the roadway for an unknown reason, traveled through the side ditch and struck a tree.
After striking the first tree, the vehicle rotated and struck a second tree coming to rest facing east bound. After coming to rest the vehicle burst into flames.
There were two occupants in the vehicle — Justin M. Hamrick, and Eddy P. Blossom. Hamrick, 25, of 605 S. Main St., Rockford, was pronounced dead on the scene. Blossom, 28, 109 N. Franklin St., Rockford, was transported to Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys and then later transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The crash remains under investigation.
Deputies were assisted on scene by Rockford Fire Department, Rockford Squad 4 and MCERV.