Two Killed in Crash Were Employees of National Plant Wholesaler

Berlin Center Crash

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Two people who died in a fiery crash Tuesday in Berlin Township were employees of Bonnie Plants, Inc., based out of Union Springs, Alabama. The company is a national plant wholesaler providing plant supplies to retailers across the country.

The two employees were traveling in a straight truck hauling plant supplies Monday night when the truck went left of center on Route 534 in Berlin Township and struck a semi-truck head-on. Both the driver and the passenger in the straight truck were killed.

Bonnie Plants, Inc. released a statement Tuesday conveying their condolences to the families of the two employees.

“Words are inadequate to express the grief and deep sadness we feel for the tragic loss of the lives of two of our valued team members. In deep sorrow we mourn their loss, in deep sympathy we reach out to all those who are grieving. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families and friends of those lost, during this most difficult time. It is our hope that memories of love shared will provide some strength and comfort to all those affected by this tragedy, now and in the days ahead,” the release stated.

The driver of the semi-truck, Mark Hawkins, 54, of Alliance, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he is in fair condition.

The names of the two people killed in the crash have not yet been released. Their bodies were sent to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office to be identified.

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