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WAPAKONETA — A 17-year-old Wapakoneta girl was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon along Ohio 501.
According to a report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Emily Ann Saam, 17, was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango south on Ohio 501, just north of Linzee Road. Saam's vehicle drifted off the eastside of the road and struck a tree. The impact with the tree caused severe damage to the Durango and sparked a small fire.
Saam was pronounced dead at the scene by Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Wapakoneta Police Department, Auglaize County Sheriff's Office and Wapakoneta Fire and EMS.