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Scottdale man dies of crash injuries

| Friday, July 13, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A Scottdale man died on Monday from injuries he suffered when his truck collided with a tractor-trailer in Ohio.

John Fesh, 58, died about 4 p.m. in Columbiana County, near East Palestine, about four miles from Ohio's border with Beaver County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Police said Fesh pulled his pickup truck into the intersection of Adams Road and State Route 46 and was struck by a Smith Dairy tractor-trailer driven by Bennie Barner of Wooster.

Fesh was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, where he died as a result of his injuries.

The crash is being investigated, according to police.

A trailer Fesh was pulling with his pickup broke free and traveled off the right side of the road, where it struck a parked car, police said.

Fesh's pickup truck and the tractor-trailer traveled off the left side of the road, where the tractor-trailer struck a tree, police said.

Barner was not injured.

Fesh worked as a commercial roofer for G.W. Roofing of Washington for 25 years.

A 1971 Southmoreland High School graduate, he studied architectural drafting at the Pittsburgh Vocational and Technical School.

An avid hunter, fisherman and antique collector, Fesh was a member of the Scottdale Moose, Everson PAK, Bridgeport Sportmen's Club and Mt. Pleasant Slovak Club.

Arrangements are being handled by Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home in Scottdale.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or

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