Two Dead After Crash In Clermont Co.

(BETHEL, OH) -- Two people have died following a crash in Clermont County.

It happened Wednesday afternoon on State Route 125, about two miles west of Bethel.

Ohio State Patrol says a westbound Ford van driven by Mark Patterson, 48, of Bethel, crossed the center line, smashing head on into an SUV driven by Glenna Bartley, 59, of New Richmond.

A witness says the van was hit so hart that it's transmission flew out before the van burst into flames.

Patterson died in the burning van and Bartley died before a rescue helicopter could arrive on the scene.

There is no word on what caused the van to cross the center line.