Marblehead man dies in early morning crash

A Marblehead man was killed Monday in a four-vehicle crash on U.S. 6.
Route 6 remained closed into Monday afternoon for cleanup of a diesel spill and road repairs,
but had reopened as of this morning.

The Ohio Highway Patrol reported the crash occurred at 7:50 a.m. near Silverwood

At that time a Freightliner semi truck driven by Martin Gronka, 34, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, a
Kenworth semi driven by Douglas Greenwood, 50, of Woodville, Texas, and a Bluebird school bus driven by
Guadalupe Trevino, 69, of Gibsonburg, were all headed east on Route 6.

A Honda Odyssey van driven by Steven Plottner, 57, of Marblehead, was headed in the opposite
direction on the road, which was foggy at the time.

The bus stopped to make a left turn onto Silverwood, and Greenwood’s vehicle was stopped
behind it, but Gronka’s vehicle failed to maintain an assured clear distance ahead. His semi struck
Greenwood’s in the left side, and then traveled left of center where it struck Plottner’s van on the
left side.

Plottner was pronounced dead at the scene.
After striking the van, Gronka’s truck jack-knifed and hit the bus in its right rear

Greenwood was transported to Wood County Hospital for minor injuries. 
Gronka was uninjured as was Trevino and Trevino’s three adult passengers.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Department, The Ohio Department of Transportation, Mid-County Fire
and Rescue, The EPA, and the Wood County EMA assisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the

The state patrol is investigating the accident.
Drug and alcohol use is not believed to have been a factor.