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FINDLAY — A man was flown to a Toledo hospital after a snow plow caught an orange road reflector and threw it Thursday, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.



Corey Hartman, a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy, reported the accident happened on County Road 220 just south of state Route 18 around 7:43 a.m. Thursday.



Philip Beatty, 53, of Findlay, was driving south on county Road 220 in a 2012 Dodge Caravan. Nicolas Stahl, 28, of North Baltimore, was the plow driver. Stahl was driving in the oppposite direction of Beatty in one of Wood County’s 1999 International 4900 snow plows.



The blade snagged a reflector that was in the middle of the road, prying it away from the pavement and sending it flying through the air. It broke through Beatty’s windshield and hit him.



Beatty stopped his van, and Stahl hurried to help him. Beatty was flown from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where he was listed in the neuro-intensive care unit. He was in critical condition there Thursday afternoon.



Hartman said County Road 220 is the Hancock-Wood county line, and Stahl was turning around to go back to Wood County to continue plowing his route when the incident happened.



Allen Township Fire Department, Hanco EMS, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Dick’s Towing all assisted at the scene.


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