Man killed in Gallia County traffic accident

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallipolis, Ohio, man Wednesday was killed in a traffic accident in Gallia County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Robert Baxter Jr., 66, who was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was killed when a 2008 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Matthew S. Preston, 37, Crown City, Ohio, went left of center on Ohio 588 near milepost 6 in Gallia County, the patrol said. The vehicles collided head-on, the patrol said.

Preston and a passenger, Lori Huffman, 38, of Gallipolis, were treated at the accident scene for non-incapacitating injuries, the patrol said.

The accident, which occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m., remains under investigation, the patrol said. The road was closed about three hours, the patrol said. The patrol was assisted by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Gallia County EMS