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Authorities identify victims in cargo plane crash near Toledo Express Airport

The plane was headed to Toledo Express from a small airport near Memphis. The Port Authority believes it was carrying auto parts.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Two people were confirmed dead after a cargo plane crashed near Toledo Express Airport on Wednesday at 2:37 a.m. 

The Lucas County Sheriff's Office said the plane crashed on Garden Road east of the airport in Bubba's Mobile Truck Repair Heavy Duty Towing's parking lot. 

Troopers worked with law enforcement officials in Texas to notify next of kin. Crew members were identified as Douglas R. Taylor, 72, and Donald C. Peterson Sr., 69, both of Laredo, Texas. 

Investigators said flight N24DR traveled to Millington, Tenn. from Laredo, Texas, then to Toledo.

The aircraft struck multiple unoccupied vehicles on the ground near I-80 and a significant fire resulted from the impact.

Port authority official said the plane, a Convair CV-440, was owned by Barker Aeromotive, Inc., and was loaded with automotive parts.  

Below is a breakdown of the conference from the Port Authority by Anchor Melissa Andrews and Reporter on scene, Ariyl Onstott. 

The crash did not affect any flights arriving or departing at the airport, and business at Toledo Express Airport operated normally.

Multiple fire departments from different counties in the area were called to work on the fire which appears to be under control. 

Toledo hazmat was also called to the scene to do air quality monitoring to check explosive levels as a safety precaution.

There were a couple of road closures due to the crash. However, all roads have since reopened.

WTOL has crews on the scene and will keep you updated with more information as it comes in.


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